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 create meaningful work opportunities for young job seekers, spending time with older people and 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.
No young or older person feels unwanted or undervalued because of their age.
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...
63young jobseekers supported
710older people more connected
2364hours of meaningful connection
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.
Founder and CEO
Paul de Freitas
Aged Care Lead, Vision AustraliaAged care, service development
Associate Director, Product and Channel Development at National Australia BankImpact investment and organisational funding
Consultant, Think ImpactImpact measurement and evaluation, social return on investment