New ini­tia­tive helps com­mu­nity to con­nect

Melville Times - - OPINION -

A NEW ser­vice as­sist­ing so­cially iso­lated older peo­ple to con­nect with ac­tiv­i­ties, ser­vices and in­ter­ests will be launched in late Oc­to­ber.

The pilot Hand to Heart pro­gram is a col­lab­o­ra­tive project be­tween the cities of Melville and Bel­mont, Con­nec­tGroups and Be­friend and is a re­sponse to data in­di­cat­ing an in­creas­ing num­ber of older peo­ple liv­ing alone.

The ser­vice will match suit­able vol­un­teers to older res­i­dents.

Vol­un­teers will pro­vide in­for­ma­tion, sup­port and en­cour­age­ment to em­power those feel­ing iso­lated to re­con­nect with their com­mu­nity.

Melville Mayor Rus­sell Aubrey said project sup­ported the City’s com­mit­ment to an age-friendly com­mu­nity.

“With 25 per cent of the City’s res­i­dents over 60, many are liv­ing alone and have been im­pacted by the loss of a spouse, had their lives changed due to in­jury or ill health or may ex­pe­ri­ence bar­ri­ers com­ing from a cul­tur­ally di­verse back­ground,” he said.

Call Con­nec­tGroups on 9364 6909 or email info@con­nec­

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