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MEDIA RELEASE | Community Connects in Isolation

Connecting with others can be hard, particularly for those who are living on their own. With the support of the Department of Communities, Injury Matters has launched Community Connect to keep older Western Australians connected and to reduce social isolation

Community Connect  is a free program that removes any physical barriers to being socially connected, by linking older adults living in Western Australia, with others in the community. Each month, members are matched with others in the program to share stories, social activities and create a positive connection.

Connecting is easy, simply use email, phone or video call, such as FaceTime or Skype. You can share stories, activities for passing the time and get to know your community, all from the comfort and safety of your home.

Injury Matters volunteer, Annette said, “Staying connected is becoming difficult during these challenging times, however, now more than ever, we need to keep socially and emotionally connected.”

“Something as simple as a chat can boost your mood and improve your day. I am an avid reader and love sharing book ideas. Hearing from my fellow choir members discussing what we’re singing during the lock down, really does make my day!” Annette said.

Injury Matters General Manager of Injury Prevention, Rachel Meade said, “When people already live on their own and you combine that with not being able to see other people, this increases the risk of social isolation”

“Staying connected to others and making new friends reduces social isolation which not only improves mental health but can also help to prevent falls,” said Ms Meade.

There is no age limit on making new friends, simply register here to start connecting.

Injury Matters provides free resources, information and support for older adults through the Stay On Your Feet® program. To find out more ways to Improve Your Health while at home contact 1300 30 35 40 or visit stayonyourfeet.com.au. You can find a range of resources and how-to’s to keep help your mental and physical safety at www.stayonyourfeet.org.au or by calling 1300 30 35 40.

Stay On Your Feet® is provided by Injury Matters and funded by the Western Australian Department of Health.

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