ARTFUL, run by the Museum of Contemporary Art, is a free program for people living with dementia and their carers, which focuses on creating new connections and providing life enriching experiences through creative engagement with contemporary art.
Program participants are engaged through gallery explorations and hands-on creative artmaking sessions. Over the course of 10 weeks, intimate groups are invited to find their own meaning and connections with contemporary art.
The program includes a fortnightly ARTFUL At Home pack for participants and their carers to extend creative engagement beyond the museum. Each program is individually tailored by our Artist Educators and responds to the specific needs and interests of the participants.
ARTFUL also incorporates a 3-year research initiative which is conducted in collaboration with the Brain and Mind Centre, University of Sydney and Alzheimer’s Australia NSW. This research focuses on exploring how art can enhance well-being and markers of neuroplasticity in people with dementia.
The ARTFUL program runs throughout 2017. To find out more or register your interest, visit the MCA website.
Alzheimer’s Disease Help Our Carers (AD HOC) provides lunch every month on a Saturday for people with dementia, their carers and family members at the Family Visiting Centre of AlzNSW at North Ryde. A lovely way to meet others in the same situation in a supportive environment to enjoy a meal together.
One Door Mental Health Carer Services Bankstown are hosting mental health workshops for carers of people with a mental illness.
You do not need to be on a Centrelink carer’s payment to attend these workshops, however numbers are limited and bookings are essential.
Mental health workshops run throughout the year from March through to June 2017.
For more information, download the event flyer or call 02 9708 2670.
NSW Council for Intellectual Disability, works with and for people with intellectual disability to speak up about the big issues and to change things for the better.
CID Connect is an online peer support forum for people with disabilities and those who care for and support them.
On the CID connect forum you can: Ask experts and peers direct questions and receive factual and clear answers, join in discussions and share experiences with our online community and access the latest info and resources on things that matter in the world of disability, NDIS, rights and inclusion.
For more information visit the CID Connect website.
Alzheimer’s Australia NSW invites people recently diagnosed with early stage dementia and their care partner to join a group information session to find out about the support, services and programs available.
Sessions run from April to May in various locations across NSW.
For more information visit the Alzheimer's Australia website
If you are aged over 60 or or caring for someone over 60, then you are welcome to book in to attend COTA NSW’s free information session: Your Wellbeing, Your Plan. Sessions are designed to identify what is wellbeing for you in the three areas of body, mind and social, provide tools to help you identify what is important to you and assist you to think about goal setting and the steps to take to making these changes.
Sessions run twice a month up until June 2017.
For more information see the Your Wellbeing, Your Plan flyer
The ATSA Independent Living Expo will have over 100 exhibitors displaying a wide range of products and services in assistive technology, mobility solutions, pressure care, employment support, accessible recreation/holiday ideas, modified motor vehicles and a lot more.
Where: Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park
When: 10 – 11 May 2017
Find out more on the ATSA Independent Living Expo website
Join Positive Partnerships for 2 days of learning with other parents and carers of school aged children on the autism spectrum, designed to help you foster productive school, family and community relationships to provide the best kind of support for your child. Positive Partnerships workshops are for parents, carers and grandparents wanting to understand more about autism and learn practical strategies using evidence based resources to help maximise their young person’s learning.
Where: Dee Why RSL, 932 Pittwater Road, Dee Why NSW
When: 10 – 11 May 2017
Best evidence treatment for eating disorders clearly shows that the close involvement of families and carers in the care of their loved ones is key to improving early detection of eating disorders, restoration to a healthy weight and maintaining long term wellbeing. For parents and carers, however, the journey can be confusing, challenging and difficult to navigate.
This conference directly addresses the need for families and carers of people with eating disorders to have access to better information and to be given training in skills that will directly impact on the way they carry out their caregiving role.
Where: Novotel, Sydney Olympic Park
When: 12 – 13 May 2017
Cost: $225 (Early-bird rate)
PossABLE is an Expo that provides the opportunity for people with a disability, their families and carers to see, hear and try the best options to assist their life choices.
These Expo’s bring together people and organisations from everywhere to help people with disability live a full and independent life of their own choosing. The event brings out fun, smiles and laughter in everyone!
For more information, visit the PossABLE Expo website
Carers Australia is proud to host the 7th International Carers Conference in Adelaide, South Australia, from 4-6 October 2017.
The conference aims to re-imagine caring into the future, providing a catalyst for innovation and collaboration; sharing improvements in the way we support unpaid carers, care-recipients, their families, networks and communities.
Where: Adelaide Convention Centre, South Australia
When: 4 – 6 October 2017
For more information, visit the Carers Australia website.
The Stroke Foundation enableme podcasts bring together stroke survivors, health professionals and researchers with practical advice for reclaiming your life after stroke.
Each month you can download an episode dedicated to a specific topic in stroke recovery.
My Learning Matters is a free online planning tool designed to help people with disability and their families get the most out of the changing disability support system. It's fun and interactive with lots of opportunities to write, choose pictures, tick boxes and have a think about making your life the best it can be.
There are lots of different topics to choose from including,
To get started, visit the My Learning Matters website
Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.