In Airds and Claymore People Connectors have finished going door-to-door talking with community members about their wellbeing.
From 25 February to 28 May 2021, they provided information and support to locals as part of the Assisting Communities through Direct Connection (ACDC) Project.
The ACDC team completed a brief survey with residents to better understand their needs, experiences of mental health services, and their overall mental wellbeing. The residents were also provided with a fridge magnet with the details of local and online mental health services. Where residents identified a need for a referral to mental health or emotional wellbeing support, the team were able to make referrals to the appropriate services.
John Downie, who managed the ACDC Project for the local delivery partner Wellways, said the project reached people who would not have actively sought assistance on their own behalf, for a whole variety of reasons.
“We are actually discovering people that will take no other route into help. We’re also going to understand much more exactly what the unmet needs are out there. So, it is really going to help inform planning in a big way; particularly for the PHN, LHD and for state government,” he said.
The ACDC Project thanks the team at Wellways, especially line manager Jamie-Lee and People Connectors Tammy and Bronson (pictured).