About Us

At Lively, we believe that young and older people have so much to offer each other, and so much to gain from connecting.

We exist to spark the connection

We train and employ young job seekers to spend meaningful time with older people, helping them learn how to use technology to stay connected.

Why we do it...

With Australia’s population ageing, and the future of work for our young people changing, we believe that the time is now to change how young and older people are valued and supported in our community.
Our Vision
No young or older person feels unwanted or undervalued because of their age.
Our story

When Lively's Founder Anna was 21 years old, she volunteered to write the life story of an isolated older woman named Patricia. Seeing first hand Patricia's experience of loneliness and isolation, and being deeply upset by it, Anna was inspired to find a way of preventing other older people from finding themselves in the same situation. At the same time, Anna was growing worried about the number of young people she knew who couldn't get a job, simply because of their lack of experience. One lightbulb moment later, the idea for Lively was born...

Our reach

Our people

Anna Donaldson

Founder and CEO

Hayden Doward

Design Lead

Jessica Sullivan

Community Manager

Board

Michelle Taylor

Senior Consultant, Matrix on Board Consulting

Not-for-profit governance, strategic planning

Marie Baird

Lead Trainer, Consumer Action Law Centre

Adult education and training, social impact measurement

Howard Morey

Treasurer

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

Cate Keane

Aged Care Lead, Vision Australia

Aged care, service development



Katherine Leong

Associate Director, Product and Channel Development at National Australia Bank

Impact investment and organisational funding

Rebecca Cain

Consultant, Think Impact

Impact measurement and evaluation, social return on investment

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