Community Connections

Are you looking to find a sense of belonging and a support network within your community?

Then the Community Connections Program may be for you.  

What is the Community Connections Program?

Newly developed by Mates4Mates, the Community Connections Program aims to support veterans impacted by service to connect with their local communities through shared interests and activities, helping them to find their place in the civilian world.

By building a sense of community and increasing social connections, this program will provide participants with various physical, mental and social health benefits, including reducing the feeling of isolation, increasing wellbeing and coping skills, and decreasing levels of pain.

Upcoming programs

Brisbane Community Connections Program 

Over four sessions, the Community Connections Program will work in partnership with Samford Archery Club to teach veterans to build local community networks. 

Session times:

  • Wednesday, 13 April from 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, 20 April from 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, 27 April from 9:00am to 12:00pm
  • Wednesday, 4 May from 9:00am to 12:00pm

Participating in this program means that you are expected to attend all four sessions. 

Places in the program are available to veterans registered with Mates4Mates. If you are not an inducted Mates4Mates member and would like to take part, simply complete your Mates4Mates application online and our team will be in touch soon.

Expressions of interest are now closed. 

Please note that James Cook University will be conducting a research and evaluation project on this pilot program to provide further support to the veteran community. Veterans who participate in the program will be asked to give informed consent to the research and evaluation element of the program.

Due to the restrictions outlined by the Queensland Government, this event requires participants to be vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to attend. You will be asked to confirm your vaccination status within the EOI.