Minister for Communities, Coralee O'Rourke: Keep Funding our 'Ways to Wellness Social Isolation Project'

As people who live and work in Mt Gravatt, Wishart, Mansfield and surrounding areas, we stand with the Member for Mansfield, Corrine McMillan MP to ask Minister O’Rourke to keep funding our innovative work to combat social isolation. 

 All of us know someone who is lonely and isolated!

  • Jill hasn’t left the house in years except to see the Doctor or to pick up groceries. She feels like her front fence is a prison.
  • Maria worries about young people in her community that struggle in school and find it hard to fit in.
  • Peter worries about his neighbour that he hasn’t seen for weeks.

The Ways to Wellness Social Isolation Project is a social prescribing network that reaches the most lonely and vulnerable and connects them to a group and social support within the community. It was developed by our leaders across our community in 2018. 

A “link worker” is based in our local Mt Gravatt Community Centre. Her name is Wendy. She walks side by side with people to build their confidence and make sure they have a place to belong.

The Ways to Wellness project is the first in Australia and has been based on a successful model in the United Kingdom. The Mt Gravatt project results speak for themselves. After only on year, 88% of participants have participated in a group in the community.

There have been referrals to over 80 local activities and groups including exercise classes, craft classes, music groups, the Mt Gravatt Men’s Shed, singing groups, seniors’ activities and social groups!

This project matters to all of us. It is just finding its legs and starting to make a real difference.

The University of QLD has just received a grant from the Australian Research Council to properly evaluate the work over the next three years.

But Minister O'Rourke has not committed to continue funding our link worker.

We don't want to drop people in our community, just when they are starting to find their feet. 

Time has run out. We have people now waiting for support and now it is time for the Minister to step in.

We stand with the Member for Mansfield, Corrine McMillan MP to ask the Minister for Communities, Coralee O’Rourke to keep funding our 'Ways to Wellness Social Isolation Project."

Who's signing

Malcolm Kane
Pam Moss
Torrin Nelson
Sandra Canhan
Katie Jones
Lynn Rose
Annie Heard
Sarah Finlay
Lucas Kennedy
Karen Stehbens
Nikki Butler
Andrew Ross
Jenie Keegan
Stacey Toms
Darren "Riverdog" Brown
Jack Webster
Byron Cubit
Aradia Davies
Jason Hill
Emily Kirke
Emily Kain
Kristy Thorn
Natalie De Re
Kate Magill
Rebecca Rybak
Nikki Oughton
Sage Emmerson
Kristina Conley
Mandy Harris
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  • Malcolm Kane
    signed 2020-02-10 16:21:54 +1000
    I fully endorse and support this petition for the continuation of funding. As a volunteer at Mt Gravatt Community Centre; a part time employee at the same organisation and someone who assists in emergency relief work, I have seen the fruition of some of the wonderful work already done in the Ways to Wellness Social Isolation project. Wendy and Elise have worked very hard to build and maintain relationships. Please provide a continuation of much needed funding to consolidate the work undertaken. Thank you.
  • Pam Moss
    signed 2020-02-10 16:08:40 +1000
  • Torrin Nelson
    signed 2020-02-10 13:55:00 +1000
    This program is based on a solid evidence base and has been successfully implemented in other jurisdictions. If managed correctly, it has the opportunity to improve quality of life for so many and, at the same time, reduce healthcare system strain and expenditure.
  • Sandra Canhan
    signed 2020-02-10 13:17:21 +1000
  • Katie Jones
    signed 2020-02-10 12:29:03 +1000
  • Lynn Rose
    signed 2020-02-10 12:25:34 +1000
    This valuable project needs urgent funding. Don’t let anymore people suffer long term health issues due to isolation.
  • Annie Heard
    signed 2020-02-10 11:56:14 +1000
  • Sarah Finlay
    signed 2020-02-10 11:54:56 +1000
  • Lucas Kennedy
    signed 2020-02-10 11:43:17 +1000
  • Karen Stehbens
    signed 2020-02-10 11:36:08 +1000
  • Nikki Butler
    signed 2020-02-10 10:49:04 +1000
  • Andrew Ross
    signed 2020-02-10 10:40:03 +1000
  • Jenie Smiley
    @SmileyJenie tweeted link to this page. 2020-02-10 10:38:35 +1000
    Sign the petition: Minister for Communities, Coralee O'Rourke: Keep Funding our 'Ways to Wellness Social Isolation Project'
  • Jenie Keegan
    signed 2020-02-10 10:37:35 +1000
  • Stacey Toms
    signed 2020-02-10 10:09:48 +1000
  • Darren "Riverdog" Brown
    signed 2020-02-10 09:58:36 +1000
  • Jack Webster
    signed 2020-02-10 09:31:32 +1000
  • Byron Cubit
    signed 2020-02-10 09:23:32 +1000
  • Aradia Davies
    signed 2020-02-10 09:15:00 +1000
  • Jason Hill
    signed 2020-02-10 08:52:37 +1000
  • Emily Kirke
    signed 2020-02-10 08:45:33 +1000
  • Emily Kain
    signed 2020-02-10 08:31:25 +1000
  • Kristy Thorn
    signed 2020-02-10 07:55:50 +1000
  • Natalie De Re
    signed 2020-02-10 05:33:09 +1000
  • Kate Magill
    signed 2020-02-09 22:01:26 +1000
  • Rebecca Rybak
    signed 2020-02-09 21:10:32 +1000
    Wendy is an extremely valuable member of the Mt Gravatt community centre. It is without a doubt that more funding should be made available for this amazing initiative to ensure people feel connected within the community, have a place to go to reconnect with others and know that they have support of our government. Wendy has contributed to the success of this project. She has made a difference. Yes to more funding!
  • Nikki Oughton
    signed 2020-02-09 19:51:24 +1000
  • Sage Emmerson
    signed 2020-02-09 19:19:00 +1000
  • Kristina Conley
    signed 2020-02-09 18:29:03 +1000
  • Mandy Harris
    signed 2020-02-09 18:21:39 +1000