New initiative helps community to connect
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.