November 2012

HillsCarPal is getting a good reception …

12 November 2012

Over the last week, HillsCarPal has been visiting Sydney Hills shopping centres. Getting the message out on how we are addressing Shut-in Syndrome has been made easier by having supporters like Oscar and Carmen, who attended the Hills Cultural Festival at Rouse Hill Town … Continue reading

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Prelude to Shut-in Syndrome …

12 November 2012

Before Sydney Seniors capitulate to Shut-in Syndrome, typically they go through some challenges in negotiating public transport. Some have more challenges than others. Angela Plows 67, of Shalvey has been, and continues to be, a public transport user but life is getting tougher for … Continue reading

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Other ways to address Social Isolation …

8 November 2012

HillsCarPal is addressing Shut-in Syndrome for Sydney Hills Seniors but there are other programs that are out there. Right now one of them, Compeer is calling for Friendship Volunteers across Sydney and adjoining areas. We don’t know anything about who they … Continue reading

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PayPal gets Fair Trading nod …

6 November 2012

HillsCarPal uses PayPal for trip payments and volunteer mileage reimbursements but questions have been asked about online security. A few days ago NSW Fair Trading came out with a Fact Sheet for Online Sales, which gives a positive mention to PayPal, as … Continue reading

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Technology helps … but face-to face needed to overcome isolation

3 November 2012

Research has been recently undertaken jointly by Benetas and The University of Melbourne, which  found that communications technologies were effective in alleviating social isolation, but could not achieve this alone, with face-to-face engagement an essential part of developing connections in … Continue reading

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Social Isolation. It’s a disease

3 November 2012

“The researchers tell us that social isolation is equivalent to the health effects of smoking 15 cigarettes a day or consuming more than six alcoholic drinks daily,” says Nieves Murray CEO of the IRT organisation. IRT is partnering with the … Continue reading

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