In 2019, the Partnership will be bringing its Social inclusion priority into sharper focus by investigating the prevalence of loneliness in our region.
In a city with a growing number of single-person households, the experience of social isolation and loneliness is on the rise. We know that socially isolated people are more likely to experience depression, paranoia and anxiety; more likely to develop Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease and are more likely to have reduced immune responses.
The Partnership is aware that there are many different sections of the eastern regional community who find themselves experiencing social isolation and loneliness. We are keen to hear from you about how loneliness and social isolation are experienced by any group of people in our community.
In late October, the Eastern Metropolitan Partnership will be staging the Eastern Loneliness Dialogue; a conversation about tackling loneliness and social isolation in the eastern region. Our engagement will be focussing on loneliness in the elderly because this region has the fastest ageing population in metropolitan Melbourne and the largest regional population of people over the age of 85.
You can also participate by responding to the two questions below.
Who in our community is experiencing loneliness and why?
People can experience loneliness for a range of reasons. Thinking about your own family, neighbours and friends please share your ideas about how we can better understand who in our community may be experiencing loneliness and why.
16 October, 2019
“Mental illness can lead to loneliness. Find a way to hear their stories, and their hopes and dreams . ”
22 September, 2019
“My Nan has been so lonely since my Pa died last year. She is too proud to admit it so she comes up with reasons to get us to come over.”
22 August, 2019
“Don't make assumptions about particular population groups. Don't assume social isolation and loneliness go hand in hand. ”
How can we better prevent people from becoming socially isolated?
Helping people to feel more a part of their communities is really important in reducing social isolation and loneliness. We’d like to know what you think is working well now to combat social isolation and any new innovative ideas you may have.
22 September, 2019
“When Nan goes to the hairdresser its the highlight of her week - she gets a cup of tea and a good chat as well as a blow wave!”
22 August, 2019
“Opportunities for ongoing engagement in community through an organized group or activity e.g. community garden”
About Our Partnership
The Eastern Metropolitan Partnership is an advisory group established by the Victorian Government. The Partnership is a way for local communities to engage directly with state and local governments, and advise the Victorian Government of the top priorities for jobs, services and infrastructure across the region. This advice will become part of the government’s key decision-making processes.
The Eastern Partnership’s vision is for a region with excellent connections between people, places and jobs. Following engagement with its community throughout 2018, the Partnership has developed up its advice to the Victorian Government on the regional priorities for the Eastern region.
The Partnership's advice to the Victorian Government for 2018 included:
Regional Connectivity – making it easier get around the region, especially through improving bus services and opportunities for active transport
Integrated Health and Social Services - improving access to the full range of health and social services for the region's most vulnerable people
Social Inclusion - creating a region where all people, regardless of age, gender, cultural background, or physical ability feel connected and able to participate in community life. Our initial focus is on addressing gender equity and unconscious bias in community sport
Affordable and Social Housing - increasing the supply of affordable and social housing in the region to meet a shortfall of 11,400 dwellings over the next 2 decades
Jobs for Youth - improving the transition for the region's young people from secondary school to meaningful training or employment
What we've heard in 2018
At our second annual Assembly on 13 June 2018 at Boronia K-12 College, we heard directly from the community about how to further progress priorities for the region. Watch the video below to see the 2018 Assembly in action or read the 2018 Eastern Metropolitan Partnership Assembly report.