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Social connection

Community programs and resources to keep you socially engaged

Staying socially connected with your community is really important for healthy ageing and maintaining your wellbeing. As you get older, you can experience social isolation for many reasons, such as losing your spouse, relocating your home, developing medical conditions or requiring more care than you did previously.

There are many programs, services and resources you can access to help you connect with people who have similar interests or hobbies to you, provide transport services to and from places, and offer more formal support including legal services and aged care.

Community and social groups

There are so many different activities you can participate in across the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region, from fishing to lawn bowls and to university courses. You can greatly enhance your wellbeing by finding activities you can really enjoy and participate in to make new social connections with people in your community.

Isolation and loneliness

There are many services that specialise in supporting people who are socially or geographically isolated, grieving or lonely. You can download this tip sheet developed by Relationships Australia to help you manage feelings of loneliness.

Activity programs

Walking groups in Brisbane and Moreton Bay

Healthy and Active Moreton

Active and Healthy Events Brisbane

50 Plus Centre

Fish and Forget events

Bowls Clubs

Probus Groups

Social support and connection groups

Senior Social Connection Program

Support groups for older women

Search for a Men’s Shed

War widows' social groups

RSL Queensland

Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA)

Leagues Clubs

Other ways to be involved in your local community

Rotary Clubs

Aged Care Volunteer Visitors Scheme (ACVVS)

Volunteer opportunities

Community Action for a Multicultural Society

Online programs

Queensland Seniors Facebook page

Brisbane Seniors OnLine Facebook page

Connected AU

Virtual Programs for Seniors

University of the Third Age (U3A) classes

University of the Third Age (U3A) is a worldwide self-help organisation promoting learning for personal enjoyment and wellbeing. U3A provides classes on a variety of topics to help older people keep their brains active, maintain their independence and make new friends.

Membership costs $40 per year.

U3A Online is a virtual U3A group operating solely online.

Find more information about where you can find your local U3A here.

Map of community centres

Community centres provide a variety of services to support social connection and independent living, such as life skills classes, financial assistance, shopping services and social activities. Some of the centres provide transport services, so contact your local centre to find out how they can help you get there.

Bribie Island Neighbourhood Centre

Caboolture Neighbourhood Centre

Deception Bay Neighbourhood Centre

Encircle Kallangur Neighbourhood Centre

Encircle Pine Rivers Neighbourhood Centre

Encircle Redcliffe Neighbourhood Centre

Jeays Street Community Centre (Bowen Hills)

New Farm Neighbourhood Centre

North West Brisbane Community Hub (Bardon)

Northside Connect (Nundah)

Picabeen Community Centre

Sandbag – Bracken Ridge Community Hub

Sandbag – Sandgate Community Centre

Woodford Community House

Zillmere Community Centre

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Centre-based day respite

You can attend a day respite centre to connect with friends and the community through meaningful activities. The respite centre will look after your care needs so your carer can take a break while you enjoy relationships and activities separate from your carer.

Find more information about centre-based day respite here.

If you’re socially isolated, dealing with complex legal matters around property relocation or the loss of a spouse can be difficult and costly. There are many organisations providing legal services to older people at low or no cost, so everyone has access to effective legal support regardless of their circumstances.

Find more information about legal support and elder abuse here.


Social connection is so important for healthy ageing, but it can be hard to stay connected with the community if you don’t have a convenient way to get around. You may not want to lose the independence of driving yourself, but there are many community services providing safe transportation to ensure you can get wherever you need to go—from shops to social events and activities.

It’s normal for people to reach an age or level of ability where they can no longer safely drive themselves. If you can no longer drive yourself, there are plenty of alternative options for getting around so you can stay safe and not worry about driving and parking.

Find more information about driver's licences and alternative transport options here.

Move to aged care

There are many benefits in moving to and living in an aged care facility. There are many facilities that offer a variety of services tailored to your individual needs. They can provide you with many social opportunities, with access to fun activities and group outings where you can spend quality time with people who have similar interests.

The journey into aged care can be complicated, so these resources can help you figure out what support the government will provide, what costs are involved and how to find the right aged care facility for your needs.

Find more information about aged care options here.

Social connection

We acknowledge the Traditional Owners of country throughout Australia, their diversity, histories and knowledge and their continuing connections to land, waterways and culture. We pay our respect to all Australian Indigenous Peoples and their cultures, and to Elders of past, present and future generations.

We would like to express our gratitude to all the healthy ageing advocates, including people living with dementia, older people, families, carers and health professionals, who contributed to the development of this portal. Thank you for sharing your stories and transferring your knowledge to make this portal purposeful and meaningful to support people in the North Brisbane and Moreton Bay region.