In response to the growing numbers of ageing Bhutanese/Nepalese living in Launceston we have established this innovative program to address their social and cultural isolation. Every week they come together in a relaxed and informal setting. They participate in an extensive program of social support, health and community education as well as excursions.
We have received grants from the Tasmania Community Fund and the Australian Government’s Better Access to Palliative Care in Tasmania Programme to employ and support three community members – an elder and two support workers - to help identify community needs and how they might be addressed in a culturally appropriate way. Community Connections has :
In 2017 the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency awarded Community Care TASMANIA the highest recognition for Community Connections. We were the only Tasmanian agency to receive an award from them. This program was highlighted at their 2018 Better Practice for the Future conference. Click here for more information.
To find out more about our innovative Community Connections initiative contact us or take a look at the newsletters and excursion articles on the right hand side of this page.
Rup Koirala joined
Community Care TASMANIA as a Support Worker in 2015 and is the chairperson for the Australian Bhutanese Society of Northern Tasmania (ABSNT).
He immigrated to Launceston in 2010, after spending 20 years in the largest of Nepal’s seven refugee camps. Since arriving in Australia Rup has worked to support members of his community. In addition to mastering English and a Community Service Certificate III, he has recently completed Certificate III qualifications in both Aged and Disability Care.
Rup enjoys learning from the community elders. He likes sharing his experiences and talking to people anyway and this job is more like a hobby for him!
I have gained a lot from sharing and listening to the older people.
Community Connections is great for them. They seem to be very happy talking chatting and playing even. It is a chance to forget the pain and sorrow in their lives.
You can learn more about the wonderful volunteers work with Community Connections head to our Volunteers page.
To make a donation to Community Connections please visit our Support & Donate page.
Community Care TASMANIA is at the forefront of service providers with these initiatives. We are also committed to ongoing research and are also sharing our findings with other service providers.