Connections is a one-to-one social support program for people who are experiencing social isolation and for those on a mental health recovery journey.
The aim of the Connections Program is to set up safe and supportive mentoring friendships enabling Program participants to reconnect with their community by building new friendships and working towards new goals. A participant’s goals could be anything from learning a new skill, to attending a short course, or finding a new social club or group.
The Connections Program provides one-to-one social support for:
People who are experiencing social isolation
People who have been socially impacted by COVID-19
People on a mental health recovery journey
There is no mental health diagnosis required to access the Program.
The Connections Program follows a strengths-based, recovery-oriented model to reduce stigma associated with social isolation and mental ill-health, and to increase positive self-perception.
VolunteeringACT carefully screens and trains volunteer friendship mentors who work with Connections participants to provide one on one social support.
VolunteeringACT works in collaboration with participants, friendship mentors, health professionals, family and friends to encourage participants to reconnect with their community and take steps toward achieving their goals