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."

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Elizabeth Russell
Raine Vickers-Jones
Satrio Nindyo Istiko
James McGovern
Denise Elkins
Kylie Bertram
Suzanne Jordan
Stephen Reicher
Emma-Lee Steindl
John Dingle
Rachael Eggins
Graeme Orr
Melinda Beckwith
Emma Dyson
Alicia Logan
Kay Bradnock
Bruce Collins
Nanette Stone
Dani Nash
Sabina Nowak
Sarah Grainger
Stephanie Tobin
Theresa Scott
Katya Argyris
Sophie Cameron
Philippa Jenkins
Myee Connors
Jarred wright
Leah Sharman
John Bamford
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  • Elizabeth Russell
    signed via 2020-02-21 09:16:53 +1000
    Elizabeth Russell
  • Raine Vickers-Jones
    signed 2020-02-21 08:29:57 +1000
  • Satrio Nindyo Istiko
    signed 2020-02-21 08:06:09 +1000
  • James McGovern
    signed 2020-02-21 08:02:39 +1000
    James McGovern
  • Denise Elkins
    signed via 2020-02-21 07:44:24 +1000
    Please continue to support ‘The Ways to Wellness Social Isolation Project’ so it does now collapse for lack of funding.
  • Kylie Bertram
    signed 2020-02-21 07:38:11 +1000
  • Suzanne Jordan
    signed via 2020-02-21 06:19:02 +1000
  • Stephen Reicher
    signed 2020-02-21 00:16:39 +1000
    A real false economy
  • Emma-Lee Steindl
    signed 2020-02-20 22:42:31 +1000
  • John Dingle
    signed 2020-02-20 21:54:56 +1000
    John Dingle
  • Rachael Eggins
    signed 2020-02-20 21:43:40 +1000
    Please consider restoring funding to this important community intervention that is making such a difference to the wellbeing and mental health of people in need.
  • Graeme Orr
    signed 2020-02-20 21:03:12 +1000
  • Melinda Beckwith
    signed 2020-02-20 20:43:05 +1000
  • Emma Dyson
    signed 2020-02-20 20:05:17 +1000
    Emma Dyson
  • Alicia Logan
    signed 2020-02-20 19:07:02 +1000
  • Kay Bradnock
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  • Bruce Collins
    signed 2020-02-20 17:08:08 +1000
    Bruce P Collins
  • Nanette Stone
    signed 2020-02-20 17:07:17 +1000
    Nanette Stone
  • Dani Nash
    signed 2020-02-20 16:44:25 +1000
  • Sabina Nowak
    signed 2020-02-20 16:40:01 +1000
  • Sarah Grainger
    signed 2020-02-20 16:24:44 +1000
  • Stephanie Tobin
    signed 2020-02-20 16:06:45 +1000
  • Theresa Scott
    signed 2020-02-20 15:54:11 +1000
    Isolation and loneliness is an insidious disease in our communities, linked with serious health issues and early mortality. This funding is vital for continued community participation in an important social and research initiative that many, many people stand to benefit from.
  • Katya Argyris
    signed 2020-02-20 15:31:24 +1000
  • Sophie Cameron
    signed 2020-02-20 15:31:20 +1000
  • Philippa Jenkins
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  • Myee Connors
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  • Jarred wright
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  • Leah Sharman
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  • John Bamford
    signed 2020-02-20 12:34:12 +1000
    I’m not aware of this particular effort to combat social isolation but I know, through first hand experience, that it is a one by one and a one on one process. Hence having a link person is the key to accompanying individuals as they take the step from isolation to less isolation. Without such a link the effort will be left to well-meaning volunteers but who inevitably don’t have the time to continually follow through that a appropriately paid and skilled person can. I would appeal to the Minister that she re-thinks her funding priorities.