Everybody needs to have good neighbours

Be Kind Nillumbik

These are unprecedented times, and they are tough ones. But in tough times, the one thing we can do is to band together as a community and show a little kindness. Be kind to others, be kind to those most in need and be kind to yourself. Keep reading for more tips on how to ‘Be Kind’ Nillumbik.

#BeKindNillumbik Community Stories

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Thank you residents, businesses and community groups who have played such an important role during COVID-19. Each of you have been doing your part in keeping us all safe.

As part of the #bekindnillumbik program, Council has been inundated with acts of kindness and care for fellow residents in the community. It has shown the strength of the community and the genuine care shown to neighbours and people in need. Now is your chance to share a local story that put a smile on your face over the last few months!

Submit your photo and a short description explaining an act of kindness you have seen or have been involved with in our Shire by Sunday 10 January 2020.

To show our appreciation, Council will be giving away five, $50 local business vouchers, to a random selection of respondents. These will be announced Monday 11 January 2021.

Be Kind to yourself

Why not get outside and enjoy the fresh air. Listen to music, have a virtual coffee date with a friend or enjoy a Netflix binge - anything that makes you smile!

  • Head outside and tend to your garden or play with your kids
  • Listen to music or read a book
  • Dance like nobody’s watching
  • Consciously un-couple with the news to avoid crisis overload
  • Kick back with a Netflix binge – and a tub of ice cream from a local business!
  • Start a daily journal as a way to debrief and de-stress
  • Do whatever it is that makes you happy!

Be Kind to others

What a time to show some neighbourly love. We know some people might be feeling a little alone right now, so if everyone in Nillumbik simply knocked on their neighbours door or called over the fence to say hello to their neighbour, it would mean every household maintains some much needed social contact.

Be Kind to business

Nillumbik businesses of all sizes have been hit hard by COVID-19 and continue to be.

We’re proud of the many Nillumbik-based businesses that pivoted as the crisis unfolded, responding to the changing guidelines so they could keep operating to serve the community and employing their staff. 

Visit Nillumbik has put together a list of some of the businesses offering takeaway and delivery here.

You can also check directly with your favourites to see what they are offering.

If you’re a business owner in need of assistance, click here for information.

Be Kind – Be Creative

Nillumbik Shire Council is dedicated to providing the community with creative ways to continue to engage with each other, to economically support creative micro-businesses and sole traders, and to maintain flows of compassion.

In response to COVID-19, Nillumbik Shire Council released a series of ‘In the Time of COVID-19' employment opportunities for artists, aimed at engaging artists in doing what they do best - responding to the world around them.

These programs have a twofold affect, providing paid opportunities to local artists and the wider sector and delivering high quality artistic outcomes to the Nillumbik community that are accessible through current restrictions and speak to this incredibly unique time in history.

Find out more about 'In the Time of COVID-19'.

The program, Be Kind – Be Creative, will provide the community an opportunity to respond creatively to new and changing circumstances.

If you or anyone you know needs help:

Know Your Neighbour

Great neighbours make great neighbourhoods. Know Your Neighbour is the perfect opportunity to connect with those next door to you.

Know Your Neighbour provides the opportunity, support and knowledge to bridge a connection with those over the fence. When people make the choice to be a good neighbour, individuals, families and neighbourhoods benefit. We know that when communities foster connection and everyday ‘neighbourliness’, they are soon safer, stronger and more resilient. Besides this, our neighbourhoods provide a great chance for us to meet people who are different from us, which can help us learn how to connect with a variety of people.

Know Your Neighbour is for all Nillumbik residents. Our long term vision is for every household in Nillumbik to join in the fun and to increasingly give a little more neighbourliness every day. This campaign belongs to everyday people, people, like you and me, who choose to make a difference in our neighbourhoods by starting in our own backyard.

Ideas on how to get involved with Know Your Neighbour:

  • Are you and your neighbours on Facebook or WhatsApp? Set up a street / neighbourhood Facebook group to help people meet neighbours, organise get togethers (once we can), swap goods, and share information.
  • Start a neighbourhood library for things you and neighbours are happy to lend / share with each other (e.g. ladders, tools, books, toys, sports gear, music, art and craft supplies).
  • Drop off some home-made baked goods to a neighbour
  • Sharing homegrown produce or even meeting for a cup of tea over the fence while social distancing.