National Carers Week is a time to acknowledge and applaud the outstanding contribution that Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid family and friend carers make to our nation. Established in 1992 as Carer Awareness Week, National Carers Week has grown and developed into a nationwide celebration of the enormous amount of support carers provide on an individual basis, which impacts our communities and the national economy so positively. Carers really are the cornerstone of Australia’s mental health, aged, disability and palliative care systems. Without the support of unpaid family and friend carers these systems would simply collapse.
There are over 2.7 million carers in Australia, over 300,000 of those are Young Carers (25 years and under) (under 24), and they’re husbands, wives, children, parents, grandparents, friends and relatives, which goes to show that you really never know what’s around the corner. At some stage in all of our lives we may become carers or require care ourselves.
There are a number of ways you can get involved in National Carers Week and show your support for carers;
There is a Carers Association in every state and territory which offers support and services to carers throughout Australia. To learn more about carers, get involved in or help promote National Carers Week, visit the website or our Facebook page. For resources for Young Carers, please visit the Young Carers website or Facebook page.
Pavilion Flat, Parramatta Park
Tuesday 13 October 2015
Carers Day Out is a FREE event open to all carers and the general public. Featuring live entertainment, interactive workshops and activities, this is one event not to be missed.
Carers Day Out will be held on Tuesday 13 October 2015, 9.30am – 3.30pm at the Pavilion Flat, Parramatta Park.
A free, wheelchair accessible, shuttle bus will run between Parramatta Station (Darcy Street) and Parramatta Park (Pavilion Flat). Parking in Parramatta Park is limited, please take public transport where possible.
In the event of hot weather, please remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen.
Other Carers NSW events
The Coffs Harbour Carers Health and Wellbeing Day Out
Carers Coffs Harbour is delighted to invite carers residing in Coffs Harbour to The Coffs Harbour Carers Health and Wellbeing Day Out.
To celebrate National Carers Week, enjoy a day of entertainment, interactive activities, relaxation therapies and lucky door prizes.
This is a free event and is open to all carers, morning tea and lunch will be provided.
Where: Boambee East Community Centre
When: Tuesday 15 October 2015
Registration: Please register by Monday 14 September - 02 6650 0512
Respite may be provided for Carers to attend this event by contacting Commonwealth Respite & Carelink Centre - 1800 052 222. Community Transport available if required to attend this event.
National Carers Week Events
The NSW Department of Family and Community Services and Carers NSW have provided a donation to carer groups throughout NSW to host their own events during National Carers Week. These state-wide activities reflect the diversity of carers and their caring situations.
Taking part in an event is a wonderful way to give carers a much-needed break and to honour them in the community. Many of the activities are free of charge and are a great way to reach out to hidden carers, those carers not currently accessing support and services.
Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.