About us

At Lively, we employ young jobseekers to provide meaningful, paid support to older people who need a hand, and engage older people to share skills and experience back with the young.


Our vision

No young or older person feels unwanted or undervalued because of their age.

Our mission

To connect generations, create meaningful employment for young jobseekers and increase the connectedness and inclusion of older people in our community.

Why we exist

Too many young and older people feel excluded, forgotten or unwanted in our community, simply because of their age.

  • 2.5 million older Australians have felt ignored, unwanted or discriminated against because of their age. 
  • 4 in 10 older people experience loneliness or social isolation 
  • 580,000 young people can’t find an employer who will give them a chance, simply because of their youth and lack of experience

We exist to build a better future. One in which no person experiences exclusion or disadvantage because of their age, and in which all young and older people are supported to live meaningful, connected and fulfilling lives.

We believe that by connecting the many things that young and older people have to offer each other, and by bringing them together to support each other, we can enhance young and older people’s sense of worth, value and inclusion in our community, and build a society that better supports and appreciates people of every age.


Young people transition out of unemployment into meaningful and fulfilling work

Young and older people become more connected, breaking down isolation and negative ageist stereotypes

Older people feel more supported, connected and valued in our community


Anna Donaldson

Founder and CEO

Anna is a young social entrepreneur with a passion for bringing innovative ideas to life. She has broad experience in the not-for-profit sector, where she has previously established and run a range of impactful programs to engage young people in social innovation and global leadership. Her dedication to the Lively vision is underpinned by her particular passion for supporting the personal growth and development of young people, and by her deep respect for the experience, stories and wisdom of older individuals. 

Hayden Doward

Design Lead

Hayden is a freelance digital designer working across a broad range of mediums from identity design to interactive experiences. Feeding off the incredible energy of the rest of the team he has worked closely with Anna to craft Lively's visual identity and web presence. 

Chelsea Woolf

Marketing & Events Manager

Chelsea is an early-career marketing, communications and events professional, with a passion for bringing generations together and improving the connectedness and inclusion of older people in the community. Chelsea leads Lively's marketing and community engagement activities.  


Michelle Taylor

Senior Consultant, Matrix on Board Consulting

Not-for-profit governance, strategic planning

Michelle has a diverse professional background, spanning management roles in for profit, for purpose and government organisations. She has a deep understanding of the community services sector, and particular expertise in budgeting, financial management, governance, strategic and business planning and monitoring and evaluation. 

Marie Baird

Lead Trainer, Consumer Action Law Centre

Adult education and training, social impact measurement

Marie is an expert in the design and delivery of adult education programs, including work readiness training for young adults, and technology training for older individuals. Prior to her role with the Consumer Action Law Centre, she worked as a Project Leader at the Centre for Adult Education, and in program and curriculum development with RMIT and Victoria University. She has a particular interest in SROI and impact measurement.

Kathleen Brasher

Consultant, advisor and researcher

Active ageing and age-friendly cities and communities

Kathleen is an expert in age-friendly programming and the delivery of community engagement programs for older individuals. She has extensive knowledge and networks across the ageing sector, particularly in Victoria, and has a background in both policy and research. She is currently the Chair of the Whitehorse Community Health Service. 

Olivia Whitty

Director of Business Development, Change.org Australia

Marketing, internet marketplace strategy, business development

Olivia is a business development and marketing leader of digital lead businesses and nonprofits. At change.org, she is responsible for generating revenue in Australia while providing organisations with advice on how to build their movements and donors online. She helped build the seek.com.au brand and shared value program. She has also advised non profits on strategy and board development.

Howard Morey


Public Accountant, Chartered Secretary, small business owner, Finance, IT, human resources, governance and strategy

Howard has a degree in Accountancy and is a Fellow of The Institute of Public Accountants, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, a Fellow of the Institute of Financial Accountants and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. He has been employed as a Senior Executive for over 20 years for a number of Small, Medium and Large organisations across both corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He has recent experience in Aged Care, Migrant services, Employment services and Children welfare.

Work With Us

We’re always looking for passionate people to help with the cause. Current openings are shown below!

Local Lively Helper: Brisbane