“I have got the support I need and feel like I am really starting to enjoy my life for the first time.” – Luke, Connections participant

You can support our community mental health program, Connections.
Connections provides one-to-one social support, creates friendship and boosts mental wellness. The Connections program matches people on a mental health recovery journey with a specially trained volunteer who accompanies them as they reconnect with the community.

The program is one of the only adult mental health programs in the ACT that does not require a formal diagnosis or referral. However, this important program is no longer receiving funding from government.

“Being part of the Connections program and seeing my volunteer, Mohammad, has really improved my self-esteem, confidence and perception of the world.”

Volunteering and Contact ACT is a registered charity and all donations are tax deductible. 

Want to know more? Read the inspiring story written about Connections participant Luke.

Your donation helps pay for volunteer training and program costs.
Please note that due to fundraising regulations you must be a resident of the Australian Capital Territory to make a donation.

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The 2019 winners are: 

2019 Volunteer of the Year – Nikki Bensch

2019 Canberra Labor Club Group Volunteer Team of the Year – Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park Volunteers 

2019 Aon Senior Volunteer of the Year – Peter Bray 

2019 OPF Young Volunteer of the Year – Kate Coffey 

2019 Galent Management Consulting Profound Influence Award –Hannah Andrevski 

2019 ActewAGL Innovation Award – What’s Your Reality Program 

2019 Canberra Weekly Corporate Volunteering Award – Kirsty McGovern-Hooley  

2019 University of Canberra Thought and Leadership Award – St Vincent de Paul Society Compeer Program  

2019 ActewAGL Canberra’s Choice Award  – 

Individual: Benjamin Freeman  

Team: ACT Policing Volunteers in Policing Program

 

 To view all of the award ceremony photos please click here

 

Highly Commended:

 

2019 Canberra Labor Club Group Volunteer Team of the Year – Technology for Ageing and Disability ACT Cycle Solutions Team

2019 Aon Senior Volunteer of the Year –  David Barber

2019 OPF Young Volunteer of the Year –  Luka Musicki

2019 Galent Management Consulting Profound Influence Award – David Pinson

2019 ActewAGL Innovation Award – Palliative Care ACT Life Story Volunteers

2019 Canberra Weekly Corporate Volunteering Award –  St Vincent de Paul Society Calvary Hospital Night Patrol Team

2019 University of Canberra Thought and Leadership Award – Robyn Kahonde

 

Thank you to our partners