The connections we make through relationships, places, and social activities, can enhance our physical and mental wellbeing. There are many ways to connect with others, even if we are physically apart.
Community Connect helps older Western Australian adults find meaningful connections, companionship and community for people experiencing social isolation and loneliness.
Supported by Department of Communities.
Community Connect is a free program to help older Western Australian adults take the step to reach out and connect with others for a friendly chat.
It’s a great way to share stories, activities and get to know your community, all from the comfort and safety of your own space.
What is loneliness?
Loneliness is the feeling that our social connections aren’t meaningful, or we don’t feel understood by others. In Australia, 1 in 4 adults experience feelings of loneliness. However, feeling lonely is a normal human emotion and can happen to anyone at any time, and is simply a sign of wanting a meaningful interaction with people.
What is social isolation?
Social isolation means having a lack of relationships with family, friends, and with the community. A lack of social relationships is as strong of a risk factor for mortality as smoking, obesity and physical inactivity.
“I would like to thank you for the opportunity to engage with your program. I feel it is an excellent opportunity for people who are living on their own, feeling lonely with little or no interaction with anyone.”
“It’s a good system because it is putting people together who are interested in being connected. Presently we are emailing each other and becoming cyber friends. I like to write, so it suits me well.”