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Support for Carers

Carers make a vital social and economic contribution to our community. They need be recognised, supported, valued and promoted. Carers are important because no one else does what they do. We understand that carers also need to look after themselves and this may mean a little respite time.

Support for Carer Programs are for those who provide care to another person. Programs provide a forum for carers to be acknowledged and supported, to make friendships, share experiences and spend meaningful time with the person they care for.  These programs aim to reduce the impacts of caring on carers.

The Carer Support Program Officer may assist you to:

  • Navigate an often confusing service system
  • Assist to link you into other programs and support options in your local area
  • Or, just assist you to find answers to questions you have.

Support for Carers Program

As outbreaks of COVID-19 occur it’s been a particularly challenging and anxious time for those having to provide care for someone who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who aged with care needs.             

Support for Carers Program acknowledges that the experience for carers during the COVID-19 pandemic, has been a huge increase to their day to day challenges.

Carers may have seen changes in support provided in the community (closure of activity groups and clubs); social isolation;  alterations in income and financial support;  and challenges in trying to keep themselves and the person they care for safe.

Support For Carers Program can provide assistance for carers during this challenging time, with:

  • Navigating the various service support systems in order to seek support and advice (My Aged Care, Carer Gateway, NDIS)
  • Assistance to advocate and develop a support plan specific to addressing your own individual needs
  • Assist you to obtain support and in home services
  • Provide support and link you in with online or telephone supports (such as counselling and one to one support)
  • Refer on to other more specialist and relevant support programs (Carer Gateway, Merri Carer Support, Carers Victoria, Dementia Victoria and more). 

The current program includes:

Carer Support Groups. Connections Carer Support Group for women consists of 6 x 3-hour weekly sessions including:

  • Initial relaxation breathing and grounding exercises
  • Opportunities for peer support and sharing
  • Experiential art therapy activities including making felted scarves, creating mandalas, tie dying and much more.
  • ‘Connections’ sessions are relaxed and informal and the themes emerge naturally from facilitated discussions.

Day trips or two-night getaways provide a forum for carers to make friendships, share and spend meaningful time together with the person they care for, with support from qualified staff.

Carer Information and education sessions. In partnership with CarerLinks North, the program is offering more sessions in your local area. We welcome suggestions as to issues and information that you need covered. Eligibility criteria and fees apply.

For more information about these programs, please contact the Carer Support Program Officer on 9407 5939 or email supportforcarers@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

For information about Commonwealth Government funded carers support and advice, please visit the Australian Government’s Carer Gateway website.

City of Whittlesea gratefully acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government.

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For more information regarding respite options please contact our Customer Engagement Team on 9407 5940.

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