Hornsby Village Hub a social isolation lifeline

Did you know that a lack of social connection can increase a person’s risk of premature death?

With most Australians experiencing loneliness at some point in their lives it is those aged over 75 who are more likely to be lonely than any other age group, according to Ausmed.

Created to address social isolation and loneliness amongst over 55s in the Hornsby Local Government Area (LGA) the Hornsby Village Hub has become a lifeline against social isolation amongst older Australians in the community.

Since its inception in 2022, the Hornsby Village Hub has helped to improve the well-being of its 200 members.

“The Hornsby Village Hub demonstrates how community-led programs can make a real difference in the lives of older people,” says Brooke Grimsted, Community Connections Officer at Sydney North Health Network.

“By providing opportunities for social connection and engagement, the Hub is helping to combat loneliness and isolation and improve the health and well-being of older people in the Hornsby community.”

Membership to the Hornsby Village Hub is free and provides older Australians access to community events, social and cultural activities, and healthy ageing workshops and community-led groups.

Anyone aged 55 years or over (or aged over 50 years for Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people) living or working in the Hornsby LGA is invited to become a Hornsby Village Hub member – membership is completely free.

To find out more, visit: snhn.org.au/hornsby-village-hub

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