Our Theory of Change
When Lively's Founder Anna was 21 years old, she volunteered to write the life story of an isolated older woman named Patricia. Anna was deeply enriched by the stories and life experience that Patricia shared with her. But she was also shocked to witness the stark reality of what it looks like for such a rich and full life to end in utter loneliness and isolation. After Patricia passed away, she was inspired to find a way of preventing other older people from finding themselves in the same situation.
At the same time, Anna was concerned that young people were too often being turned away by employers based on negative assumptions about their capability and ‘inexperience’ - ignoring their innate qualities of enthusiasm, optimism and eagerness to learn.
Inspired by her own experiences of a meaningful intergenerational friendship, Anna saw the opportunity to build an organisation that would bring young and older people together to support each other – building valuable connections, and giving each other the leg up they both needed. And so, Lively was born…
4 in 10
older people feel lonely, isolated and disconnected.
of young Australians are unemployed or underemployed
of Australians have negative attitudes towards older community members.
We know young and older people are just as capable and worthy as the rest of our society, but they're not always seen that way. Lively's programs and services look to build understanding across generations, breaking down shallow stereotypes of the limitations of age.
At the same time, we're giving young people meaningful career opportunities from the get-go. Lively builds our Helpers' skills and confidence in an environment where they're empowered to make a real difference in the lives of older Australians.