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Community Connections

Supporting South Australians to enhance their independence and strengthen connections with communities, social networks and services.

How can we help

 

Is this you?

  • Living in South Australia
  • aged 18 to 64 (18 to 49 for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples)
  • need short-term support to improve independence or to develop or maintain connections with support networks
  • are not eligible for federal programs such as National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) or My Aged Care.

We can help…and, if we can’t, we’ll find someone who can.

Our team can work with you to assess your situation and help determine if you are eligible for the program. The aim of the assessment is to listen to you to find out what help and support you may need and who could best give that. 

Community Connections Flyer – A5 size (PDF 189 KB)

How Community Connections works

Community Connections Partners across South Australia provide short-term support for up to 12 weeks or connect you with longer-term support if needed.

This may include helping you to take part in local community activities, find new support groups or receive some extra help at home.

Priority will be given to:

  • unpaid carers
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
  • people from new and emerging culturally and linguistically diverse communities
  • people who are financially disadvantaged
  • people living in communities of persistent or location-based disadvantage.

To book an appointment, call T: 08 8118 5200 or E: [email protected]

Click here to make a referral.

Case Studies

Tina

Tina*, 40 years old, female, Aboriginal

We received a referral for Tina* from Sonder after Tina’s NDIS application was rejected. Tina lives alone and has a long history of mental ill-health, with a diagnosis of depression and PTSD. Tina also lives with chronic back pain, Tourette’s syndrome and epilepsy which is managed by medication.

Tina spends the majority of time inside her home and does not have many friends/family that can support her. Tina has an interest in art and animals and would like to start engaging with her local community more to build a network of friends, but also to have things to do during the week.

Tina is continuing to be supported by Sonder for mental and other health conditions, and also has 2 hours per week of support for practical support in the home and grocery shopping etc.

Tina and her Community Connections case manager are looking to link to a Tourette’s syndrome support group and at local community centres that offer art-based programs.

Mary

Mary*, 53 years old, female

We received a referral for Mary* from Carer and Community Support, with who she is linked as she is the primary carer for her son who has a disability & complex needs.

Carer and Community Support identified that Mary spends the majority of her time in the home and currently only attends a carer’s support group once per week.

Mary has expressed wanting to get some support in the home, which her Community Connections case manager will make a referral for.

Mary’s Case Manager will also help in identifying her personal interests/goals through the use of the case plan and linking her to relevant supports/programs that align with those goals.

 

*Names have been changed and we have used stock images to protect their identity. 

Our team can work with you to assess your situation and help determine if you are eligible for the program. The aim of the assessment is to listen to you to find out what help and support you may need and who could best give that. 

To book an appointment, call T: 08 8118 5200 or E: [email protected]

Click here to make a referral.

Program Information

Baptist Care SA’s Community Connections program will strengthen social inclusion in Eastern, Northern, and Southern Adelaide by supporting vulnerable people aged 18-64
(or 49 years for Aboriginal people) living in social isolation to engage with, and participate in, community activities, groups, and volunteering opportunities.

People with an NDIS or Aged Care plan are not eligible for this program.

Click here for more information about the program or visit dhs.sa.gov.au/community-connections.

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