There are over 2.8 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.
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The NSW Department of Family and Community Services funds Carers NSW to provide grants of $250 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.
Grant applications open on Monday 10 April 2017, read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information on the Grants to celebrate National Carers Week and the application process.
Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.