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Carers/Respite

Carers make a vital social and economic contribution to our community. They need be recognised, supported, valued and promoted. Carers are important because no one else does what they do.

Support for Carer Programs are for those who provide care to another person. Programs provide a forum for carers to be acknowledged and supported, to make friendships, share experiences and spend meaningful time with the person they care for.  These programs aim to reduce the impacts of ‘caring’ on carers. 

The Carer Support Program Officer may assist you to:

  • Navigate an often confusing service system
  • Assist to link you into other programs and support options in your local area
  • Or, just assist you to find answers to questions you have.

The current Support for Carers Program includes:

  1. Carer Support Groups. Connections Carer Support Group for women consists of 6 x 3-hour weekly sessions including:
  • Initial relaxation breathing and grounding exercises
  • Opportunities for peer support and sharing
  • Experiential art therapy activities including making felted scarves, creating mandalas, tie dying and much more.

‘Connections’ sessions are relaxed and informal and the themes emerge naturally from facilitated discussions.

  1. Day trips or two-night getaways provide a forum for carers to make friendships, share and spend meaningful time together with the person they care for, with support from qualified staff.
  2. Carer Information and education sessions. In partnership with CarerLinks North, the program is offering more sessions in your local area. We welcome suggestions as to issues and information that you need covered. Eligibility criteria and fees apply.

For more information about these programs, please contact Trina Laffy on 9407 5939 or email supportforcarers@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

For information about Commonwealth Government funded carers support and advice, please visit the Australian Government’s Carer Gateway website.

City of Whittlesea gratefully acknowledge the support of the Victorian Government.