The Life in Community (LinC) program offers support for people with mental health issues, and their carers, to get involved in social inclusion activities by encouraging community linkage, building on natural supports and developing social connections.
The LinC program can support you to become connected to your community by taking part in a range of activities, including:
- catching public transport
- exploring different interests or hobbies
- learning how to use the internet and social networking sites
- joining social interest groups
- building confidence in getting to know your local area, such as the gym, neighbourhood house, library, parks, art galleries and walking paths.
Our volunteer peer workers are guided by you, by finding out what ‘community’ means to you and how you would like to participate. They are aware that everyone’s experience of belonging to community is different and they are respectful of this.
The program can last up to three months, during which time you and your peer worker will focus together on identifying and developing sustainable and ongoing social links so that you can continue to thrive within the community beyond the program.
In Canberra, the LinC volunteer program is peer-led by volunteers who have been there. This may be someone with their own personal experience, or someone who cares for a family member or friend with mental health issues. Volunteers in Melbourne may be a peer or volunteers who are community-minded and have an interest in social justice and human rights issues.
For more information please contact Wellways on 1300 111 400.
Find out more information about becoming a Life in Community volunteer.