We are proud to announce the launch of WISE – the Women’s Independent Support Enterprise.

WISE, funded by the Queensland Government, is designed to provide essential support, training and connection opportunities for women over 55 who may be experiencing social isolation and loneliness.

WISE aims to address the unique challenges faced by women in this age group by offering a range of workshops and individual case management services. Through these initiatives, participants will gain access to valuable resources, skills and support networks, enabling them to enhance their overall well-being and regain a sense of belonging within their community.

Maureen Hall, HBNC Aged & Disability Services Manager, said WISE met a clear need in the community.

"We recognised the need for a specialised program catering to the specific needs of women over 55 who may be feeling isolated or lonely," Maureen said.

"WISE aims to empower these women by providing them with the tools and support necessary to build meaningful connections, improve their quality of life and enhance their overall well-being."

Maureen invited community members to have their say on the workshops and opportunities that will be delivered through the WISE program, by filling out a short survey.

One of the key aspects of the WISE program is the facilitation of referrals to local support services and the Housing and Homelessness Hub for Older Women. This collaborative approach helps participants access additional assistance and resources tailored to their individual needs, helping them navigate challenges.

The Tree House: Urangan Community Wellness Centre serves as the home base for the WISE program. This centre, in the stunning Hervey Bay Botanic Gardens, provides a safe and welcoming environment where women can attend events and workshops designed specifically for them. Additionally, the centre acts as a drop-in lounge, offering a relaxed space for women to connect with others, forge new friendships and establish their own support networks.

"WISE is more than just a program; it is a beacon of hope and solidarity for women over 55 in our community," Maureen said.

"We believe that by offering support, training, and connection opportunities, we can help combat social isolation and loneliness among this demographic and empower women to live fulfilling lives."

We invite women over 55 who are interested in participating in the WISE program, or who would like to learn more, to visit our website or call 4194 3000.

MEDIA CONTACT

For more information, photos and interview opportunities, contact Operations Manager Christian Berechree on [email protected] or 0484 383 055.