Are you over 65 years old?
Keen to get connected with activities and program in
Mount Alexander Shire, but don’t know how to start?
Perhaps it’s time to Get Connected!
Get Connected is a Social Prescribing project being piloted in Mount Alexander Shire in 2023.
The program has been designed together with representatives from Castlemaine Community House, Mount Alexander Shire Council, Dhelkaya Health, Women’s Health Loddon Mallee and the Goldfields Medical Group. For further general information about social prescribing, click here.
Get Connected has been designed to specifically work with:
- people 65 years or older
- people who may be feeling lonely or socially isolated
- people who might simply want to be more connected with their community, but aren’t sure how to
So, how does it work?
- Your GP (at Goldfields Medical Group) provides you with a referral to Get Connected, which is sent to the Community Connector.
- Following the referral, the Community Connector will get in contact with you, or you can contact them directly to arrange a time to meet up.
- You then meet in person, or chat over the phone, with your Community Connector and have a talk about your interests and needs.
- Your Community Connector comes back to you with some options for you to explore and discusses how they can support you to access the group or activity.
- Your Community Connector follows up after you have participated in your choice of activities to chat about how it went.
- If all is going well your Community Connector finalises communication with you, however you can contact them at any time if you require further community connection.
The image below is a visual representation of the Get Connected Mount Alexander model.
Meet our Get Connected Volunteers!
Isis Jordan – Community Connector
Isis has lived in the Mt Alexander Shire for several years and has family connections here. She has particular interest in the human experience and how cultures evolve, and has developed this through her study of anthropology.
Isis is warm and friendly and brings enthusiasm to her volunteer role as a Community Connector. She meets people where they are and has a real interest in human connection as a way to reduce isolation and loneliness in our town and shire.
Mary Smith – Community Connector
Mary thoughtfully connects people to all aspects of life that might be of interest to them, be it work, fun, or other people. Mary has lived in Mount Alexander for 12 years, and is a generous contributor to her neighbourhood, often finding time to help bottle fruit, visit neighbours, or share a meal.
Mary has trained as a nurse, and cares deeply for others, and their experience of this sometimes joyful, sometimes tender thing called life. Mary loves movement and music, exquisitely combining the two as a valued member of her local dance troupe. Mary also loves landscaping her garden, and being where the wild things grow.
Isaac Newstead – Project Support
Katherine – Welcomer
Get Connected Mount Alexander – Social Prescribing Pilot was launched on 15th March 2023. The following video includes highlights from the launch
Q. How can I refer people to Get Connected?
A. In this pilot project, only GPs from the Goldfields Medical Group can refer people to Get Connected.
Q. Is there a cost to be part of Get Connected?
A. No, there is no fee to be a participant with Get Connected, but some of the activities that people we have to connect people with may have a fee.
Q. I’m a service/activity provider, how can I include my activity/program to what your Community Connectors can connect people to?
A. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with all your activity details and we’ll follow up with you.
Q. Am I eligible to participate in this program?
A. As this is a pilot, we are limited in how many people we can support, therefore can only accept referrals of people over 65 years old and come in via the GPs at Goldfields Medical group.
Q. I’m a local GP / Allied Health Practitioner, how can I participate in this program?
A. Please contact us via email@example.com to register your interest and we will follow up with you.
Q. How can I discover and connect with activities in Mount Alexander shire?
A. There are many things happening in our shire! Best sources of activity information are: the Mail and Express newspapers; community noticeboards at IGA and Stoneman’s Bookroom window; e-newsletters from council, Castlemaine Community House, Maldon Neighbourhood Centre and U3A.
For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 03 5472 4842.
Get Connected Mount Alexander, is a Social Prescribing pilot, brought to you by Castlemaine Community House, Mount Alexander Shire Council and Dhelkaya Health.