Transitioning from homelessness to re-engaging with the community

Mentor chatting with mentee

Re-Engaging in Community (REC) is an innovative community program designed and led by United Way WA (UWWA). The program functions to support people who have previously experienced homelessness by helping them integrate back into the community through a buddy system.

This volunteer support program pairs participants, who have been homeless and are now living in their own home but are not confident to engage in their new community, with a volunteer buddy. The ambition of Re-Engaging in Community is to ensure that the participants have the right support system as they seek to regain their confidence and re-engage in the community.

Re-Engaging in Community operates with the volunteer buddy accompanying the participant on activities that encourage re-engagement in society, breaking down social and practical barriers and reigniting old passions. These activities can range from getting the bus together, to working out where you might join in some art classes. The choices of activities are vast.

The significance of the Re-Engaging in Community program is that it offers a human connection via the buddy system. Interaction with individuals and society is essential to a happy and successful life, which enhances healthy living by improving mental and physical wellbeing; a United Way WA pillar.

United Way WA is leading from the front, to help the at-risk participants of the community, working with partners RUAH and 50 Lives 50 Homes, all with the support of Lotterywest.

United Way WA has also been fast to adapt to the changing conditions imposed by COVID-19. We recognise that during these challenging times, the real and present danger of loneliness and isolation has increased. With restrictions to physical contact, United Way WA is continuing to work hard to still deliver this essential program through other means.

We continue to work hard to ensure that the program continues to support people to develop a feeling of belonging, build confidence, build connection through physical distancing, make plans for the future, discuss activities they would like to try in the future and talk about past interests. To find out more or take part you can find more information here


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