13 August, 2021

Inquiry into social isolation

Southside is excited to be part of the Qld Community Alliance submission for the Qld Government Inquiry into Social Isolation.

We will be joining the voices of other organisations and support groups, offering support to socially isolated people across the South East – including Anglicare, BlueCare Qld, Islamic Council of Qld, Logan East Community Centre Inc., Mt Gravatt Community Centre Inc., UnitingCare & the Uniting Church Qld Synod. These submissions will demonstrate to the Qld Government that this is an issue of concern for Queenslanders living in the South East, and that a state-wide inquiry will yield information on how the Government can better allocate funds and infrastructure to stem this growing concern. You can also add your own personal submission covering the questions below:

- What has been your experience of being socially isolated or lonely? What were the circumstances around becoming socially isolated or lonely?

- What sort of support do you think would be helpful to you when you are experiencing loneliness and isolation? Has anything you tried worked to reduce feelings of isolation? This can be any kind of support eg Family, Friends, Community, Government support, guidance, advice etc?

- Do you feel there are barriers to overcoming feelings of social isolation and loneliness? If so, can you explain what they are for you? Please write as many as you like and it can be any kind of barrier you feel such as personal, social, technology, cost, access.

- Did the COVID-19 pandemic affect you and your situation with social isolation and loneliness? Can you explain how it affected you?

Click [here](www.qldcommunityalliance.org/inquiry_into_social_isolation_and_loneliness_in_queensland)for more comprehensive submission guidelines (including templates).

And if you would like to know more about Qld Parliament Inquiry and what has been the run up to making this happen please go to their [website](www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-committees/committees/CSSC/inquiries/current-inquiries/socialisolation).

Alternatively, you may like to join our Southside Uniting Church submission; if so, I would be more than happy to connect with you and record your experience. Please email [Esteban Lievano](Esteban.Lievano@ssuc.org.au) on phone him on 040 773 1950.

The closing date for individual submissions is 5.00 pm, Wednesday 18 August and should be addressed to the Committee Secretary – Community Support and Services Committee. Submissions can be emailed to CSSC@parliament.qld.gov.au, and cc kira@qldcommunityalliance.org – or they can be mailed to Parliament House, George Street, Brisbane Qld 4000.