New service supports older, isolated women

14 Sep, 2022

Our New Generations project enables intergenerational skills sharing.

Due to pandemic lockdowns in recent years, we have all experienced heightened social isolation lately. It’s safe to say that loneliness is a growing concern for many communities, particularly where older people are concerned. And there are more older people living in Northern NSW than in many other parts of the state.

It’s in our nature to respond to our communities’ needs, so we have developed a new service that connects older, isolated women in our region with children, in a series of workshops to teach craft and other traditional skills and stories to younger generations.

This kind of intergenerational sharing benefits older people by providing social connection. It also benefits younger ones too, by giving them a sense of identity, culture and self worth.

To launch this service, we recently applied for funding from Northern Rivers Community Foundation and were invited to present our idea at their Women’s Giving Circle earlier this month. They loved it and have awarded us the funds required to get the project up and running.

Here are some photos from our Women’s Giving Circle presentation.

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Heartfelt thanks to Northern Rivers Community Foundation and the Women’s Giving Circle for supporting this important work. We’re excited to get this project moving, so stay tuned for updates.

If you know any older women in Northern NSW at risk of social isolation, put them in touch with us by calling 02 6621 7397 or emailing fiona@nrcg.org.au.

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Accreditation

Community Gateway is a registered charity and QIP accredited, assessed against the Quality Improvement Council Health and Community Services 7th Edition Standards.

Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work and meet, and offer our respect to their elders, past, present and future.

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