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

Elise Ganley
Amy Woodman
Leela Arthur
Bassem Koujak
Natalie Youssef
Dan Nguyen
Amanda Guilfoyle
Leona Chun
Judy Coombes
Amanda Higgins
Amy Jorgensen
Sarah Scupham
Brooke Young
Teri Haak
James Murray
Kevin Lindsay Leighton
Patricia Peters
Robert Mukombozi
Erica Dean
Nancy Cox-Milner
Jacqui Haywood
Peter Stamper
Carole Smith
Iryna Lipinska
Sheelu Patel
Vanessa McKenna
Helen Johansen
Felix Zephyr
Danika Mathen
Lynn Paul
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  • Elise Ganley
    signed 2020-02-18 17:12:50 +1000
  • Amy Woodman
    signed 2020-02-18 08:03:46 +1000
  • Leela Arthur
    signed 2020-02-18 06:12:40 +1000
  • Bassem Koujak
    signed 2020-02-17 13:07:53 +1000
  • Natalie Youssef
    signed 2020-02-17 10:13:09 +1000
  • Dan Nguyen
    signed 2020-02-17 10:04:22 +1000
  • Amanda Guilfoyle
    signed 2020-02-17 09:12:12 +1000
  • Leona Chun
    signed 2020-02-17 09:10:33 +1000
  • Judy Coombes
    signed 2020-02-16 22:21:32 +1000
  • Amanda Higgins
    signed 2020-02-16 09:42:45 +1000
    I believe this is a very worthwhile endeavour and one that should absolutely continue.
  • Amy Jorgensen
    signed 2020-02-15 12:17:50 +1000
  • Sarah Scupham
    signed 2020-02-15 10:26:13 +1000
  • Brooke Young
    signed 2020-02-14 18:20:24 +1000
    People who feel isolated are ones to then become mentally unwell…which then turns into a snowball effect. The catalyst to helping this snowball is exactly what this petition is for. Help those people. Please.
  • Teri Haak
    signed via 2020-02-14 17:18:55 +1000
  • James Murray
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  • Kevin Lindsay Leighton
    signed 2020-02-14 17:02:46 +1000
  • Patricia Peters
    signed 2020-02-14 17:00:12 +1000
    This is so important – elderly people by choice would prefer and are encouraged by government to remain in their home environment rather than going into aged care facilities. This programme allows them to do this by stopping the social isolation that can occur. It can keep their brains active and their bodies healthy. This surely would not be a large amount of money out of the government budget – the pluses would out weigh the expenditure; and it should be on-going.
  • Robert Mukombozi
    signed 2020-02-14 16:20:43 +1000
  • Erica Dean
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  • Nancy Cox-Milner
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  • Jacqui Haywood
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  • Peter Stamper
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  • Carole Smith
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  • Iryna Lipinska
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  • Sheelu Patel
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  • Vanessa McKenna
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  • Helen Johansen
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  • Danika Mathen
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  • Lynn Paul
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