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Community and Wellbeing

Community Connector launches to improve mental health

18 Dec. 2020

We are pleased to be launching the Barossa Community Connector pilot project which seeks to unlock the power and potential of the local community.

The project will implement an evidence based approach to build on the strengths of individuals, communities and services to improve connection and build a holistic ‘good life’.

We know there can sometimes be a reluctance to seek mental health support and that often people can find it hard to know where to look when they do decide to seek help.

Our Community Connector will work with individuals to build resilience and reduce isolation, which will ultimately reduce the need for crisis support through early and informal intervention

– Mayor Bim Lange

Through a successful Our Town Support Fund grant of $50,000 plus additional Council funding of $31,662 and in-kind contributions of $17,200, the pilot project is funded to operate until 30 June 2021, with scope to grow beyond this timeframe.

The pilot project is overseen by a Project Team comprised of residents and service providers and will be facilitated by a part-time Community Connector. Itis available to residents 18 years and over who live, work or access services in Angaston, Lyndoch or Tanunda. No referral is necessary.

Community Connector, Tam Clarence, an experienced Social Worker, will work with individuals via the project to:

  • Identify their strengths, skills and goals
  • Build their local networks
  • Find practical solutions to issues
  • Connect with local services and supports
  • Access information and advice
  • Build their social capacity and connection with social groups

“Rather than waiting for a crisis to occur the Community Connector will help people to connect with the good things going on in the community, build relationships, take practical action and find natural support within the community,” said Mayor Lange.

For more information and to access the project, contact Community Connector, Tam Clarence, on 8563 8327

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