Creating lasting friendships for children at risk of social isolation
Humble Enterprise Foundation’s mission is to provide access to alternative recreational groups across Australia so children from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to socialise and play activities which are both critical for children’s mental and physical development.
Our core beliefs are:
- That the purpose of life is to learn about the world and share that knowledge to reduce suffering.
- That social isolation is amongst the worst forms of suffering.
- That we can reduce isolation by finding ways for people to connect and belong
- That social connection for children at risk is the priority for systemic change.
Currently over one-third of Australian children do not participate in any mainstream recreational activity (ABS, 2012). Many of these children suffer from autism spectrum disorder which is characterised by impairments in social interaction, communication and restricted interests and repetitive behavior. Families of children with ASD report difficulties in participating in mainstream social and play activities. The absence of these activities deprives children of opportunities to learn rules and appropriate behaviors and puts them at risk of social isolation.
- Individuals who lack social connections or report frequent feelings of loneliness tend to suffer higher rates of morbidity and mortality, as well as infection, depression, and cognitive decline. Find out more about the health risks from social isolation here
- It is critical for children to have access to recreational activities in order to prevent them from becoming socially isolated at early-age and prevent further social problems in later life.