Bass Coast,
07
October
2015
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00:23
Australia/Melbourne

Recognising our Carers’ contributions

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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.

Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities as well as our national economy and without them, it would cost the country over $60 billion per year to deliver the work and support carers provide – that’s over $1 billion per week.

Carers improve the lives of the people they care for, contribute to broader community wellbeing and provide a substantial economic benefit. Council believes carers deserve to be recognised and valued for their important role.

National Carers Week is celebrated from 11 to 17 October and provides an opportunity to recognise, promote and value the role of carers in our community and raise awareness about the Carers Recognition Act.

“The Carers Recognition Act was legislated in 2012 and recognises the important contribution that people in care relationships make to our community and the unique knowledge that carers hold about the person in their care,” Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Brown, said.

“Council’s vision is that all carers feel acknowledged within the community and supported by the services provided for them. We also believe the ideas and input of carers are valuable and play an important role in shaping the kinds of services we offer. That’s why Council formally recognises carers and care relationships and supports 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.

Carer consultations and surveys have helped to shape the range of services offered to carers in the community.

Council currently provides:

  • Carer retreats – Carers and the people they care for go away for three days on a holiday. Carers benefit from these retreats by social connection with other carers, as well as learning skills and confidence. All of these experiences aim to support carers in their role once at home.

  • Carer workshops – Often five week courses including music therapy, art therapy and Caring for Carers.

  • Carer social activities

  • Respite services

  • Planned Activity Groups

Council is look at establishing a Carers Support Group. If you are a carer and would be interested in attending this group, or are looking for more information on Council’s award-winning Carers programs, please contact Council’s PAG Coordinator, Libby Diprose, on 1300 BCOAST (226 278) or (03) 5671 2211.