Wonthaggi,
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October
2018
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Caring for those who care most

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At some time in our lives, most of us will become the carer for a loved one, or need a carer ourselves. No matter who you care for, taking on this role is a significant event that brings many challenges and rewards.

From 14 to 20 October, National Carers Week celebrates a time to recognise, promote and value the role of Carers in our community.

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy. Without them, the country would need to budget over $60 billion a year to deliver the work and support carers provide.

Carers improve lives, contribute to community's wellbeing and provide a large economic benefit. Council believes Carers deserve recognition for their important role.

Bass Coast Shire Council Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, adds the acknowledgement is also enshrined in law.

“People in care relationships make an enormous contribution to our community. The Carers Recognition Act 2012 recognises their work and unique knowledge they hold about the person in their care,” said Cr Rothfield.

“Council’s vision is that all Carers feel acknowledged within the community and supported by the services provided for them. We also believe their valuable ideas play an important role in shaping the kinds of services we offer and they depend on. That’s why Council supports the government legally recognising the work that Carers perform and under the Act.”

The Act empowers carers and the people they care for, to take part in care planning where appropriate and to fully access available services. For more information on this Act and to find out what it means for you, visit www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/hacc or www.basscoast.vic.gov.au/carersupport.

Council currently provides:

  • Carer retreats – Carers and the people they care for go away for three days on a holiday. Carers enjoy these retreats by social connection with other carers, as well as gaining skills and confidence.
  • Carer Support Group
  • Carer workshops Carer social activities
  • Respite services
  • Planned Activity Groups

If you are a Carer and want to learn more about Council’s award-winning Carers programs, please contact Council’s PAG Coordinator, Libby Diprose, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.