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Community Connect

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 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.

Who is Community Connect for?

Individuals who are;

  • Aged 60+,
  • Have an email address and phone number,
  • Have access to a device with internet connection, and
  • Want to increase their social connections and make new friendships.

A closer look

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.

 

Benefits of social connection

“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.”
Christine

 

“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.”
Joanne

Social isolation in older adults

How do I connect?

Connecting is easy! By clicking on the ‘sign up’ button, we will only require your email and phone number to create your Community Connect account. After you have registered for your account, each month you will be matched with a fellow member to share stories, social activities and for companionships. You and your match will be able to connect through email, phone or even video call, such as FaceTime.

To make sure fellow participants have an opportunity to connect with their peers, if you do not participate in three matches in a row we will contact you to suspend your account. But remember you can pause your account at any time.

Sign up!