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Social connections matter

Social connection with other people matters; it enhances our sense of wellbeing and quality of life, supports good mental health, promotes healthy ageing and makes us more resilient to life's knocks and challenges. Red Cross works to ensure everyone living in Australia is included in society, participating in the communities they are a part of and experiencing a range of meaningful relationships with other people.

Social Connectedness programs


Community Visitors Scheme

Assisting people with mental health issues who are experiencing isolation to expand their social networks. Currently provided in NSW, ACT, SA and Tas.

Strengthening social connections to support the wellbeing and mental health of socially isolated participants. Currently provided in Qld.

Step Out
Mentors work with young offenders, supporting them to access services, make plans for the future, and integrate back into the community. Currently provided in SA. Read more.

Volunteer mentors providing companionship and support to people who are re-establishing themselves after being homeless. Currently provided in South Australia.

Read the Social Connectedness Report.

Social Connectedness Report

Read the full Social Connectedness Report here.

A very special friendship

Judy and Ivy

The Community Visitors Scheme has helped Ivy and Judy build a friendship for almost 20 years. Read their story.

Finding her inner strength


Debra (right) came to Red Cross for help and formed a friendship with volunteer Sue. Read more.