Submission to social isolation and loneliness inquiry

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Background

On 27 May 2021, the Legislative Assembly agreed to a motion that the Community Support and Services Committee inquire into and report on social isolation and loneliness in Queensland (the Inquiry). The terms of reference for the Inquiry include several key components that are directly relevant to volunteering, its benefits for wellbeing and connection, efforts to enable volunteering across the state, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and known gaps in the state’s volunteering sector. Volunteering Queensland is providing a submission to present information on the positive and enduring impact of volunteering on social isolation and loneliness, as well as the solutions it presents. Also, this submission seeks to represent and advocate for Queensland’s volunteers and volunteer-involving organisations, especially those that actively provide services that relate to wellbeing, social connection and inclusion, and mental health.

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This document was written by Zac Reimers in consultation with Volunteering Queensland staff and key stakeholders. For any questions, please contact:
Zac Reimers, Policy and Advocacy Lead This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Rikki Anderson, Senior Manager – Services This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Volunteering Queensland 07 3002 7600 GPO Box 623 Brisbane QLD 4001