National Carers Week will be held from today (October 14 2018) to Saturday, October 20 2018. The week provides an opportunity to celebrate the valuable and selfless contribution which carers make to the community.
There are a number of events being held across the State in recognition of over 320,000 of Western Australia’s carers.
Carers come from all walks of life, backgrounds and age groups and each caring role is unique with different needs and experiences.
Family members and friends provide the bulk of caring roles, which can often be more demanding than a full-time job. Many carers provide more than 40 hours of their time every week to care for loved ones.
The WA Government provides $1 million in annual funding to Carers WA. This funding provides carers with much-needed support, services and programs including counselling and training, social support, advice, respite, employment and engagement activities.
The ‘Have your voice heard’: Carers self-advocacy handbook will be launched as part of National Carers Week by WA Community Services Minister Simone McGurk.
This handbook gives carers practical guidance as they navigate often complex situations and issues. The guide also includes advice for carers to look after their own health and wellbeing.
A number of events will be hosted by Carers WA, community groups and carer organisations around the State during National Carers Week.
Source: WA Government