Building Communities

Building Communities: One Handshake at a Time

Great places don’t just happen. They exist because people build relationships with each other, communicate with each and build networks. They are places where people feel safe and trust others.

Sometimes it feels so hard but the best thing to do is just to make a start.

Building Communities: One Handshake at a Time is the place to look for information and ideas to help make great places for everyone.

What is involved in One Handshake at a Time?

One Handshake at a Time is a place to look for ways and ideas to make the Shoalhaven a better place.

What are some components of One Handshake at a Time?

One Handshake at a Time Toolkit

The toolkit provides ideas for things that individuals or people can do in their own neighbourhoods to build friendships, trust, networks. It aims to help people connect with each other. Getting to know your neighbours is a good way to make your community safer, healthier and a better place to live.

One Handshake at a Time Toolkit

Neighbour Day

Neighbour Day is Australia’s annual celebration of community, bringing together the people next door, across the street or on the next farm for a beer, a barbie or just a cuppa.

Held on the last Sunday in March every year, it’s the perfect day to say thanks for being a great neighbour and for being there when I needed you most.

The actual meaning of Neighbour Day is so much more …

Neighbours are important because good relationships with others can and does change communities. Social connection also makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression.

Neighbour Day brings together like-minded people, resources, and organisations to grow stronger, well connected communities.

Shoalhaven City Council encourages residents to be part of Neighbour Day. Further information is available from

Community Safety

Community Grants

Council’s Community Grants program can enable organisations and groups (formal or informal) to complete projects (in line with the Shoalhaven Community Strategic Plan).

Community funding

Being Safe

There are a number of actions people can do to be safe. This includes locking doors and windows, being aware of surroundings, reporting incidents to the police etc.

Community Development staff, and other Council officers, have been trained in Safer by Design or Crime Prevention through Environmental Design. Staff can provide basic and simple safety audits as requested.

Community Safety

Contact details

Community Development contact details:

Phone 02 4429 3456


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