Who we are: meet Michelle

At CCNB, we value the efforts of our staff who make our care initiatives possible. We interviewed Michelle Bogatyrov this week, the Team Leader of the Way Back program at CCNB, which supports people with suicidality. We were grateful to hear more about her experience, what she loves about her line of work and about some of her interests. Read …

What we do: Brian’s Story

This is a short story about how CCNB had the priviledge of helping someone through support co-ordination. The name, photo and some details have been changed to preserve the subject’s anonymity. Brian has been a CCNB customer for a number of years. He has no family support and CCNB have been like a family to him for a significant period of …

Do you understand the challenges of youth today?

All adults get to the point where they don’t feel ‘young’ anymore. This is a controversial topic. For instance, while your grandma will tell you you’re a young man or woman until you’re 55 (but hopefully gives up the cheek-piching), most people will admit they aren’t as young as they used to be when they reach their 30’s. Although, some …

Saved from a Scam

A couple of weeks ago, a team member saved their elderly neighbour from a ‘scam’. Someone called the man pretending to be from Telstra’s Fraud Department, a “government agency”, telling him that someone was trying to take his money. Over four hours, the caller pretended to support the man by telling him how to convert his money to Bitcoin. Thankfully, …

Is there a youth mental health epidemic?

We all struggled through COVID-19, resulting in higher levels of anxiety and stress for everyone, but how did youth cope? This is an important question for researchers studying the impacts on youth mental health in the state of the world generations Z and Alpha have grown up in. While older generations before the Baby Boomers knew the tragedies of war, …

What we do: Tanya’s Story

This is a short story about how CCNB had the priviledge of helping someone through support co-ordination. The name, photo and some details have been changed to preserve the subject’s anonymity. Tanya and her husband came to CCNB for help accessing care support. Lockdown had been difficult for them since Tanya has dementia and her husband is her full-time carer. …

Who we are: meet Jessie

At CCNB, we value the contribution of our staff who make our efforts possible and passionately drive our care initiatives forward. We interviewed Jessie Williams this week who works with Community Capital Foundation – one of CCNB’s social initiatives to fund important local community-building projects. She told us a bit about herself including her role, exciting upcoming projects and what …

Oral Health: can you handle the tooth?

Evan never would have guessed his teeth and gums would be having such a big impact on his overall health. But after going to the doctor, he was made aware that oral health was something he needed to improve to treat a few complications with his health that had arisen. Like Evan, at different times, we too can be unaware, …

What we do: Fiona’s Story

This is a short story about how CCNB had the priviledge of helping someone through support co-ordination. The name, photo and some details have been changed to preserve the subject’s anonymity. Fiona is a single parent of a school-age child who was referred to CCNB for support coordination two years ago for both herself and her son. She’s a courageous …

Where are all the villages?

There is a saying that it takes a village to raise a child. It also takes a village to make a happy, healthy adult. The recent Harvard Study of Adult Development revealed that one in three Americans experiences loneliness. The reasons for this are manyfold, but our disconnection from human-scaled populations is at the core. The long-running Harvard study on human happiness …

3 Tips for Joining a Community

At CCNB, we think that community is for everyone, though its power is sometimes overlooked. And if you don’t believe us, there’s research to back up the importance of community. Studies show that community has powerful benefits. Did you know… Without social support people are 5 times more likely to experience mental illness.* “Feeling valued and comfortable socially can prevent …

Tiny new years resolutions to make the world better in 2022

As we wind down into the end of another year, most of us have hopefully found a few days to re-coup. Beyond the tired aftermath of the hustle-and-bustle of Christmas, we often get a few days to ourselves. Many are grateful to have Boxing day to the 28th off, and if you aren’t taking any leave we hope you get …

Only the lonely: And you?

Aussies have a reputation for being amongst the world’s friendliest. Indeed, The Anholt Brand Index, which ranks countries on culture, has regularly ranked Australia near or at the top of its ‘World’s Friendliest Country’ list. Many older Australians are active members of their communities with strong social connections. In the last Census, almost all (97.9%) of our elders who lived …

How to be a Community Champion

There are lots of ways you can do your bit to help people in your community. The person you’re helping will reap the benefits – and it’s one of the most rewarding things you can do for yourself too. Because of this, here’s some ways you can become a Community Champion in your local area. Start a conversation It’s not …

How do I improve my health literacy?

When someone has positive health literacy, they have the ability to discover and apply health information to access care for themselves or others in various contexts. Although, When someone is lacking health literacy, they may not take preventative measures, like getting tests done when they suspect being unwell. People with lower health literacy may also not have the awareness or …

This week is ‘National Carers Week’ (10-16 Oct)

Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental health condition, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who are frail aged – anyone at any time can become a carer. This week we recognise and celebrate the 2.65 million carers in Australia who support others. …

Should loneliness be normal?

Forty-four per cent of Australian’s regularly feel loneliness, yet 48% are too embarrassed to admit it to others*. We need to remove the stigma and welcome the conversations. The Belong Club, a community development initiative, is still in its pilot stage of growing, learning, and understanding. What we know is that the role of community is fundamental to achieving increased …

Digital equity for all ages

This year’s International Day of Older Persons theme couldn’t be more relevant: Digital equity for all ages.  COVID-19 has taught us all the importance of maintaining connection when in lockdown. For many, we can tap into a FaceTime call or join a Friday night quiz with friends. But for elders, this opportunity for connection can be impossible. And as the …