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Teens love being social. Sadly, having a chronic illness or disability can leave teens feeling alone or disconnected from their friends and family.

This is where Livewire comes in.

Livewire facilitators and teen in hospitalUniquely Australian, Livewire was developed to support the growing numbers of young people living with a serious illness, chronic health condition or disability

Livewire facilitator playing cards with teen in hospital

We know these social connections are essential to teen's development and help build their identity and sense of belonging.

Through both hospital-based workshops and a safe online community, Livewire aims to lift their spirits, enhance self-esteem and help build confidence and resilience.

In hospitals around the country, Livewire runs over 2,000 creative workshops every year covering everything from music and photography to film making, creative writing, animation and coding.

These workshops help young people make new friends, have fun and learn new skills.

In the evenings, the Starlight Express Room becomes a dedicated space for teenagers stuck in hospital to socialise, chill out and chat to other teens who get what they're going through.
 

For those who are confined to their hospital bed or are feeling isolated at home, can still interact with other teens through the safe Livewire online community.

Our Livewire Zine is a magazine filled with great stories, interviews, competitions and more. It's entertaining, inspiring and it's just for young people dealing with serious health issues. There are three issues each year and each one is jam-packed with content that helps teens connect and engage and it's a valuable part of their whole Livewire experience.

Livewire is all about impact and a recent Social Ventures Australia report found that livewire.org.au generated a net positive social return on investment with every $1 invested, creating approximately $5 of social value.

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