National Carers Week 2019

National Carers Week, dedicated to acknowledging carers in Australia, will run from Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 October 2019.

National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation.

There are over 2.7 million family and friend carers in Australia providing 36 million hours of care and support every week* to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail. The replacement value of that unpaid care is $1.1 billion per week.

Anyone at any time can become a carer. National Carers Week is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among all Australians about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.

This year, National Carers Week will run from Sunday 13 – Saturday 19 October 2019. 

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Carers Day Out 2018

Carers Day Out 2018 was a great success as we welcomed approximately 200 carers to the event, hosted by Carers NSW with the support of The City of Sydney on Tuesday 16 October.

There were 11 different activities that the carers got to try including haircuts, massages, beauty treatments, art workshops, health checks and gardening workshops – there was something for everyone.  There was also the opportunity to access information from 21 organisations who were exhibiting, including Dementia Australia, Mental Health Carers NSW, Australian Hearing and Ethnic Community Services Co-op.

Rapid Relief Team provided a delicious bbq lunch and there was tea, coffee, chai and hot chocolate on hand thanks to icare and their coffee cart. 

Carers Day Out 2019 will be held from 10:00am to 2:00pm on Tuesday 15 October at the Redfern Community Centre. Follow us on social media, @CarersNSW, to stay up-to-date on this event.
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Grants to Celebrate National Carers Week

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services funds Carers NSW to provide grants of up to $300.00 to carer support groups and organisations to plan events and activities for carers during National Carers Week.

Organising an event is a wonderful way to acknowledge anyone caring for a family member or friend and to give them a break from the responsibilities of their caring role. Many events attract new carers to carer support groups and planning an event is a great way of reaching out to hidden carers in your area.

Applications for grants for National Carers Week 2019 will be opening soon. Follow us on social media, @CarersNSW, for more information on the National Carers Week Grants and to be notified when applications are open. 

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