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 jobseekers to provide services that help older people stay connected and live well.

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
A world in which all young and older people feel valued, connected and supported.
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 impact


of young Lively Helpers have improved confidence, self-esteem and employability skills.


of older participants have improved technology skills and confidence


of older participants feel more social connected


of young Lively Helpers are more aware and respectful of older community members.

Our people

Anna Donaldson

Founder and CEO

Paul de Freitas

Operations Manager

Hayden Doward

Design Lead

Robin Parkin

Service Designer

Eva Guss

Service Co-ordinator

Ruby Brown

Care Coordinator


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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