National Carers Week 2021

National Carers Week, dedicated to acknowledging and celebrating carers in Australia, will be held from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 October 2021.

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

There are over 2.7 million unpaid carers in Australia providing care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, alcohol or drug dependency, long term health condition or who is frail due to age.

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 be held from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 October 2021.

Carers NSW held a range of online events during National Carers Week 2020

To celebrate carers and recognise the significant contribution carers make each and every day, Carers NSW hosted a range of online wellbeing workshops and webinars during National Carers Week, 11 – 17 October 2020. 

Carers from across NSW were invited to join a range of free online webinars and self-care and wellbeing workshops for carers during Carers Week 2020.

Workshops included mindfulness meditation, tai chi, strength and balance and an art workshop which were available online through Zoom conferencing for carers across NSW. 

Webinar sessions included a carer panel discussion with television and news presenter Georgie Gardner, a Carers + Employers webinar for developing carer friendly workplaces and other webinars during the week to raise awareness of the incredible work carers do.

A special musical performance, as a thank you to carers by Miriam Lieberman and her trio on the Friday afternoon was not to be missed.

Sunday 11 October, 11am on Facebook @CarersNewSouthWales

Launch of the 2020 National Carer Survey results and welcome to National Carers Week

Carers NSW CEO, Elena Katrakis launches the 2020 National Carer Survey results and welcomes you to National Carers Week 2020. Acknowledging the outstanding contribution carers make and highlighting the online events Carers NSW hosted over the week to say thank you to carers across NSW.      

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Monday 12 October 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Tai Chi                                                

Improve your circulation, balance and health with these simple tai chi movements and gentle breathing guided by professional tai chi teacher Stephen Procter from Tai Chi Health for Life, in the comfort of your own home. All you need is a small space, comfortable clothing and a willingness to relax and enjoy yourself.

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Tuesday 13 October 10:30am - 11:30am

Sector panel discussion: What is the Aged Care Royal Commission doing for carers?

The panel features invited speakers to highlight the carer related issues and recommendations that have been put forward by key stakeholders throughout the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety and explores how the coverage, findings and outcomes of the Royal Commission may benefit carers.

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Tuesday 13 October 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Recognising and Supporting Young Carers

Join our Young Carer team to learn more about young carers, the challenges young carers face and supports available. A young carer will share their caring journey and answer questions about their lived experience.

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Wednesday 14 October 10.30am – 11.30am

Strength and Balance                    

Gently develop Strength & Balance from head to toe with a range of simple moves. A rejuvenating experience with simple to follow exercises for everyone. The emphasis will be to go at your own pace and set the tone for how you want to exercise, release tension and most importantly feel better through your whole body. Led by experienced instructor, Stephen Gammack from Soulfit. Stephen has been involved in fitness and wellbeing for over 20 years and has a philosophy of a relaxed and calm approach to physical fitness.  All you need is a dining chair (no arms if possible) and a drink to stay hydrated.

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Wednesday 14 October 12.30pm – 1.30 pm

Carers + Employers webinar:  Developing a carer friendly workplace

Learn about some of the steps organisations can take to develop a carer friendly workplace. Australian Employers will share real examples of what they have done to recognise and support carers in their workplaces.

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Wednesday 14 October 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Mindfulness Meditation             

Feeling stressed or anxious at this time? Join professional meditation teacher Stephen Procter from Meditation in The Shire within the comfort of your own home, as he guides you in mindfulness meditation techniques to help you to relax and release stress.

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Thursday 15 October 10.30am – 11.30am

Carer Panel: Caring in 2020 – Georgie Gardner speaks with carers

Australian television and news presenter and journalist, Georgie Gardner hosts a discussion with carers about their experiences during 2020. Hear from carers personally on how caring has changed, the challenges, impacts of health and wellbeing, positive and negative aspects of the experience and strategies for coping and managing.

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Thursday 15 October 12.00pm – 1.00pm

wecare: Caring for the Carers

A panel of family carers share their stories to paint a real picture of caring for people with severe injury and illness. The wecare team discuss maintaining well-being and caring for yourself while caring for others.

Thursday 15 October 2.00pm - 2.30pm

The Gentle Breath Meditation 

We can all benefit from taking a moment to relax and unwind and there are some simple techniques we can use to really allow our body to relax and let go any tension we hold.  This meditation class can be done seated or lying down and is 30 minutes of time to yourself to reconnect and rejuvenate through some very simple guided breathing and very gentle movements. Led by Stephen Gammack from Soulfit.

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Friday 16 October 10.30am – 11.30am

Art workshop: Nourish and Flourish - the Art of Self-Care

Explore your creativity and join Art Therapist, Sally Swain for a workshop on the art of self-care. Use your own art medium and paper (coloured pencils, pens or paint would be ideal, however any drawing instrument will be ok). 

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Friday 16 October 2.00pm - 3.00pm

Music with Miriam Lieberman and her trio

An award winning singer songwriter, Miriam has an unmistakable voice and is known for her own unique style on the kora – a West African harp, the guitar as well as her songwriting. Miriam plays beautiful melodic music and is joined by the lushious vocal harmonies and soaring string arrangements of trio members Lara Goodridge and Susie Bishop. This performance, as a special thank you to carers is not to be missed. About Miriam

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Carers Week Grants 2020

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the Department of Communities and Justice and Carers NSW have jointly agreed that the Carers Week grants for 2020 should not go ahead.  We understand that this will be disappointing to the approximately 400 carer and community groups that submitted applications for small grants for Carers Week celebrations.  However, the safety of carers and the community is the key consideration.  The funding that would have supported these grants will be used for other carer support activities. 

Carers Week was celebrated in NSW this year, but unfortunately not in the usual way. Grants for local carer events will again be available in 2021.  For more information, please contact Carers NSW by email or the Department of Communities and Justice on  8753 9339 or at

About National Carers Week Grants

Carers NSW offers grants to organisations and carer support groups to run events or activities, either online or in person to support and celebrate carers across NSW as part of National Carers Week, the second week of October each year. This year, National Carers Week will be held from 11-17 October 2020.

Thanks to funding from the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, Grants of up to $300 help carer support groups and organisations across New South Wales put on an activity or event, online or in person, to acknowledge family and friend carers in their local community.

Grants for local carer events will again be available in 2021

We look forward to offering grants again in 2021. Grant applications generally open annually from April to June.

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