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Shared Connections - Connecting Older People to their Community


Benetas is launching a volunteer project called Shared Connections, which aims to enable older people who are, or are at risk of becoming, socially isolated to participate within their local community. The six month research project is based in the Moreland and Darebin areas. Volunteer mentors will assist older people to join facilitated groups and community based activities of their choice (e.g. arts and crafts, cooking , exercise groups).

Over time, as participants build confidence, mentors will withdraw their support enabling the individual to participate independently. The project aims to improve physical, mental and social health of participants, resulting in an overall reduction of social isolation.

This is a great opportunity to participate in an innovative research project that needs the support of our community. Benetas is looking for volunteer mentors in Melbourne.

If you would like more information, contact Steve Power at Benetas on email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone: 03 8823 7932.


Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing acknowledges and pays respect to the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation, on whose land this website was developed. We pay our respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, their ancestors and elders, both past and present and acknowledge their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We hope our work contributes to the wider project of respect and recognition between cultures in Australia. Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing receives project funding from the Australian Department of Health to administer the Partners in Culturally Appropriate Care (PICAC) program in Victoria.


Did you know?

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36% of people aged 65 years and over in Australia were born overseas
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1 in 3 people in aged care services were born overseas
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In 2016 the median age of Australian-born people was 34 years compared to 59 years for Europe-born people