We are not connecting in our neighbourhoods
like we used to


Older people and research tells us neighbourliness thrives when:

  • Our neighbourly relationships are based in 'the right type' of interaction

  • We have opportunities to get to know each other

  • We feel safe in the spaces in and around our home

  • We can access spaces that support incidental interactions (with those who live around us)

  • Information flows throughout our neighbourhoods

  • We have a sense of belonging about where we live

  • It's easy to walk around our neighbourhood

The ongoing goal of the Challenge and the applicants it has funded is to increase the level of incidental interactions in our neighbourhoods. By activating local communities through spaces and people, we will increase sense of belonging, perceptions of safety, flows of information and inclusivity. When we value the contributions of older people and build neighbourliness, all people can age well in their community of choice.

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the challenge has sought to invest in ideas that:

  • Incorporate co-design and value older people as equal partners

  • Are replicable and can spread to other communities

  • Are self- sustaining and driven by community (i.e. equip communities to continue beyond the grant period)

  • Are inclusive of diversity; recognise older people are not homogenous, reach and engage those most vulnerable in our communities and foster intergenerational connection


throughout the process, the Challenge has sought solutions that:

  • Retro-fit existing neighbourhood designs to foster neighbourliness (i.e., are not capital works)

  • Are neighbour-led

  • Act as a catalyst for incidental interactions

  • Shift mindsets and attitudes that are barriers to neighbourliness

  • Have practical applications and (if digital) can incorporate people who don’t typically access the internet