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Saddler's Creek Wines partnership with the Groundswell Foundation

Saddler’s Creek Wine has partnered with the Groundswell Foundation which has been established to address the growing issue of loneliness and its impact on mental health in Australia. Owner of Saddler’s Creek Wines, Wendy Laureti, is passionate about bringing people together and providing opportunities to connect and have real conversations.

Owners of Saddler's Creek Wines Frank, Wendy, Irina and Serge Laureti

Wendy Laureti explains “Supporting the Groundswell Foundation aligns with our core values of connection over isolation. Our Italian family culture is rooted in the tradition of bringing people together to give gratitude for life’s simple pleasures. Sharing food and a glass of wine around the dinner table with family and friends is a way of life.

It has long been a family tradition to connect over the dinner table. So it become our mission for Saddler’s Creek to create a community where people could feel connected and share these simple pleasures.

The work Martin Blake is doing with the Groundswell Foundation is so massive and so important.  We wanted to support and contribute to this foundation and help address loneliness.”

Connections Matter Report

The Connections Matter report, was recently launched by Groundswell Foundation Chairman, Martin Blake. He explained that the most challenging social issues that the world faces in the next 50 years are the impacts of loneliness.

We aim to raise awareness and facts around loneliness because stunningly 25% or one in four Australians suffers from loneliness and it affects particular groups even more significantly, particularly young people. 

Astonishingly 37% of young people are lonely and that’s the fastest-growing group of lonely people in Australia because they are connected but disconnected.

Martin Blake from the Groundswell Foundation, Wendy Laureti from Saddler's Creek Wines and Deborah Szabo

Connection Matters report key findings show:

  1. – Loneliness is experienced by more than one-quarter of Australians and most Australians will experience loneliness in their lifetime:
  2. – 37% of young people are lonely.
  3. – Loneliness is a silent killer: Lonely people have a 26% increased risk of death.
  4. – The impacts of loneliness are equivalent to smoking 15 cigarettes or having six alcoholic drinks per day.
  5. – 54% are of people are lonelier after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hunter Women Connect Luncheon

The way forward:

Given the economic and health impacts of loneliness, the Connections Matter report recommends three critical actions:

  1. Collaborate: Establish clear policy directions across national, state and local levels to raise awareness of loneliness as a priority issue and take targeted action.
  2. Communicate: Activating stakeholders from public, private and not-for-profit organisations to embed loneliness as a priority issue into new and existing health and wellbeing initiatives.
  3. Track progress: Build the evidence base for loneliness and interventions in Australia through dedicated data collection, research and evaluation.

Read the Connection Matters Report

Loneliness — in a world of always-on social media and digital connectedness, it seems almost inconceivable that loneliness could become a health crisis affecting up to one in four Australians. It’s a health priority that has been almost entirely overlooked by health regulators and providers in Australia. And it’s one that has been exacerbated by the recent COVID-19 pandemic. Loneliness impacts over five million Australians and is a significant risk factor for poor physical health, mental health problems and decreased quality of life.

Connections Matter, a pro-bono report by KPMG Australia in collaboration with the Groundswell Foundation, has revealed the prevalence of loneliness across Australia, the significance of its impact on all areas of the community and outlines actions for both prevention and treatment of loneliness in Australia.

Loneliness can affect anyone. However, there are some groups that are more susceptible than others. Young adults are at particularly high risk, with 37–50% of people aged 18–24 reported to be lonely. Parents, particularly single parents, older people and people who live alone are also more impacted. It is also an issue among minority groups. First Nations people, those who identify as LGBTQIA+ and migrants experience higher levels of loneliness compared to national averages.

The Connections Matter report highlights the significant economic impacts of loneliness, with an annual healthcare cost to the Australian economy of $2.7 billion, or approximately $1565 per person per year. Mental health issues closely related to loneliness, including depression, are estimated to cost the economy up to $60 billion annually.

KPMG Mental Health Advisory Lead Andrew Dempster said: “Loneliness is a public health issue that many Australians identify with. However, it’s at risk of being trivialised because its impacts remain widely unrecognised. There is robust evidence to suggest that loneliness is detrimental to physical and mental health and can have profound socio-economic impacts.

“Loneliness also has a negative impact in the workplace, affecting both employees and employers. Workplace loneliness is related to lower job and team performance, reduced productivity, increased workplace errors, reduced organisational commitment and poorer staff retention. Lonely employees also take more sick leave, creating downstream impacts to the Australian economy,” he said.

Groundswell Chairman Martin Blake commented: “Although most Australians will experience loneliness in their lifetime, it remains a widely misunderstood, under-recognised and poorly addressed issue in Australia. It is more important than ever that we address loneliness as society progresses beyond COVID-19 lockdowns and isolation restrictions.

“As we progress beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic, lockdowns and isolation restrictions and face into an unprecedented period of global economic uncertainty, it is now more important than ever for all levels of government to address this critical social and health issue.”

How we support the Groundswell Foundation

Saddler’s Creek Wines is committed to helping raise funds for the Groundswell Foundation by donating $1 for every bottle sold of Saddler’s Saddler’s Wild Pink and Wild White directly to the foundation.

2023 Saddler's Wild White
2023 Saddler’s Wild White

Vibrant aromas of citrus and passionfruit, it has lively flavours of tropical fruit salad with a succulent off dry finish.

Winemaker’s Comment

Crafted from a blend of Semillon, Riesling, Arneis and Fiano. Each grape contributes to the beautiful aromatics, texture and flavour of the wine. The off-dry sweetness balances spicy foods, curries and dishes with hints of chilli. Alternatively it is a lovely refreshing wine to enjoy in the sunshine.

Pair

Summer salads, spicy seafood and Asian flavours

Lemongrass Prawns