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.
Connected AU – Connected AU is a organisation working to combat isolation and loneliness in at-risk populations. There are two programs to ensure that vulnerable people can access connection, community and companionship in a safe and monitored way, ensuring everybody in our community stays visible and valued.
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.
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
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.
Reports and Literature
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.
Personalising Care at Population Level: The Opportunity for Social Prescribing. The Melbourne School of Population and Global Health and Melbourne Population and Global Health Students Society. Webinar held 2 Feb 2021. Please access here
Perspectives on social prescribing. Health System Sustainability. MHMRC Partnership Centre. NSW. Please access here