Resources
Ask Izzy – free service for people looking for support, Ask Izzy can help find nearby services including housing, meals, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment etc.
Friends for Good: a volunteer driven not-for-profit organisation that includes a Friendline. FriendLine is for anyone who needs to reconnect or just wants a chat.
Gather My Crew: helps to activate a ‘support crew’ to help during tough times. Gather My Crew provides free purpose built technology to help coordinate and roster practice support for Australians doing it tough.
Telecross Red Cross can provide a daily telephone call to people who live alone and are at risk of an accident or illness that may go unnoticed.
U3A Online: offers many useful resources for older people, especially those who are geographically, physically or socially isolated. The courses are informal and offered as Independent Study.
Men’s Sheds: deliver a wide range of services, aims to improve the health and wellbeing of members and reduce the number of men who are at risk from preventable health issues that may emanate from isolation.
Neighbourhood Houses: provide a range of services and opportunities for social connection. Neighbourhood Houses across Central Victoria are working on innovative ‘Wellbeing Scripts’ using human centred design, connecting clinicians, community and a breadth of social/health/wellbeing activities.
Reclink Australia provides sport and art programs to disadvantaged Australians to create socially inclusive, life-changing opportunities.
Parks Victoria: Nature is good medicine. Promotes social connections and offers guided park walks
Reports
Animal Assisted Interventions for Young People experiencing homelessness– program implementation and outcomes by Dr Jess Heerde, Department of Paediatrics, Melbourne Medical School, The University of Melbourne.
Social Prescribing Roundtable Report- CHF & RACGP  Nov 2019
This report is the outcome of the November 2019 roundtable discussion on social prescribing held by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) and Consumers Health Forum (CHF), in partnership with the NHMRC Partnership Centre for Health System Sustainability.
WHO evidence for Arts Factsheet  What is the evidence on the role of the arts in improving health and well-being in the WHO European Region?
Publication: Social Participation Among Older Adults Receiving Community Care Services Macquarie University study highlights opportunities to improve the social connections of older adults in home care.
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