Meet me in the Middle:
From social isolation to Happy Hearts

Take a look at the video conversation, From social isolation to happy hearts with Zoe Black, CEO of Happy Paws Happy Hearts and Tom Kunst, a veteran and HPHH program participant and volunteer. They chat with Presenter, Lee Constable about how connecting with and helping shelter animals is often of greater benefit to the volunteers.

Tom shares his story of being an Army Veteran and PTSD survivor and how hard it is for some men to ask for or find help for mental health issues.  One of Tom’s motivations for reaching out to HPHH was so he could contribute in a new way to helping others. Zoe talks about why she founded HPHH and how it supports people in our community experiencing social isolation.

From social isolation to happy hearts is part of a series of Adderton’s Meet me in the middle conversations providing a unique storytelling opportunity for diverse community voices addressing social needs. Meet inspirational people and engage in conversations creating common ground and understanding.

During Queensland Mental Health Week, 2020 Adderton streamed two ‘Meet me in the middle’ stories from diverse community voices about maintaining wellbeing in challenging times.  Take a look at another Meet me in the middle story, Experiencing Everyday Joy.

Zoe Black – Happy Paws Happy Hearts
Zoe Black is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Happy Paws Happy Hearts Foundation (HPHH), connecting vulnerable members of society with RSPCA animals for mutual therapy. HPHH was founded in 2014 and is now a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme provider, running a variety of programs for the disabled, the elderly and those in need of social connection. HPHH acts compassionately to enhance the lives of people who are at risk of becoming socially isolated and connects them with RSPCA rescue animals in unique small-group social visits.



Tom Kunst, Veteran and RSPCA Volunteer
Tom Kunst is a Veteran who served this country for 30 years. Tom began as a participant with RSPCA in their intensive Veteran program in 2018. Tom is currently in the RSPCA’s general pool of volunteers volunteering once a week including for some of RSPCA’s largest events.






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