Friends for Good (FFG), a volunteer-driven not-for-profit and Australian loneliness pioneer, is hosting the second of its symposium series, Innovation: Responses to Loneliness During COVID-19 and Beyond, online on Monday 15 March from 1.30 pm to 5 pm.
The organisation seeks to raise awareness of loneliness as a significant issue across all ages in the community, and to address gaps in services that foster connection and wellbeing for individuals and communities. Ultimately, its vision is for people to be free from loneliness.
This symposium event will be an afternoon of online presentations and interactive activities exploring how perceptions of loneliness have changed due to the pandemic and highlighting innovative responses to alleviate loneliness.
FFG will bring together not-for-profit organisations, government, researchers, students and all those interested in a discussion about loneliness, whether from Australia or abroad, to examine this important issue.
Some of the planned sessions include:
- a presentation on the recent research findings of Friends for Good
- a presentation discussing forging social connections, including several psychosocial initiatives implemented in Melbourne to reduce loneliness and disconnection
- a presentation on Brisbane Youth Service’s unique response to COVID-19 and the lockdown, including the therapeutic activities introduced to keep young people linked in and engaged
- an interactive break-out session with live polling to discuss key issues and build network connections
- a video presentation hearing voices of people from all walks of life on the issue of loneliness during COVID-19 and beyond
- a panel discussion that will explore how COVID-19 has changed the landscape of loneliness.
Tickets range in price from $15 to $35. For information and registration visit the Loneliness Symposium.