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COTA Social Connections

Live now! COTA SA Podcast Series: Voices on Ageing - Social Connections

We're delighted to bring you our podcast series where people share their experiences of building connections, the challenges they face and the skills they use to improve their wellbeing and zest for life.

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COTA Social Connections

COTA Social Connections is not currently taking new clients. In the meantime we suggest

  • Using the Connections Matter Booklet for tips and ideas on how to connect yourself.
  • Keep an eye on this webpage, we will be adding some local links and tips.
  • Phone us for a chat about ideas for you.
  • Contact us to be added to the waiting list on cotasa@cotasa.org.au or phone 08 8232 0422

What is COTA Social Connections

COTA Social Connections helps older people find meaningful social activities and supports to improve wellbeing.

Social connections are activities that provide the opportunity to interact with and have relationships with others. This could be seeing family more, joining a fitness group, volunteering or other activities that are of interest and value to each individual participating in the project. Supports may include identifying appropriate health or aged care services.

Identifying available opportunities that are enjoyable and meet personal goals is not always easy, and this is where COTA Social Connections will help.

Connections Matter

COVID-19 has disrupted the regular social interactions and activities of older South Australians. The restrictions put in place stopped many social events, while some went online and people over 70 were encouraged to stay at home. In response we have developed this project to help people connect or reconnect with their communities.

Research shows being connected with others is important for physical and mental wellbeing. Relationships with family, friends and the community provide people with happiness, security, support and a sense of purpose. People who have someone to talk to and provide support report better life satisfaction and have delayed progression of dementia, and experience less depression, anxiety, obesity and heart disease.

How does it work?

COTA Social Connections is available to people living in metropolitan Adelaide. It is delivered by peer volunteers who meet one-one with participants over a number of weeks to help them identify and link with activities and supports.

Volunteers meet with participants to discuss their existing social network and areas where they would like to develop or strengthen connections.

Volunteers then use their communication and tech skills to research options on behalf of participants and return to talk them through. Once a participant has identified activities they would like to be a part of, their volunteer can help them to join and get started.

Community of Practice

This project also includes facilitating a community of practice to support the growth of understating about connecting older adults to formal services, volunteering, informal opportunities and projects. The community of practice includes organisations working with older people in related projects and others as relevant.

COTA Social Connections in the Media

COAST FM - Interview with Rachel Telfer, Project Officer - Social Connections June 2021

Contact Us

For more information on the COTA Social Connections program, contact Rachel Telfer, Project Officer, COTA SA, via email rtelfer@cotasa.org.au or phone 08 8232 0422

Download the COTA Social Connections flyer

COTA SA gratefully acknowledges the funding for this project from the Australian Government through the Adelaide Primary Health Network (PHN) Program

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