Saturday, June 25, 2022

Support hub for Nillumbik carers

Carers throughout Victoria’s Nillumbik Shire are invited to The Carers Hub, an initiative by Living & Learning Nillumbik that aims to support unpaid carers in the Shire and surrounding areas.

The Hub provides a range of health and wellbeing, social and employment activities and pathways and has been designed around carers’ individual needs and caring responsibilities.

From social connection opportunities with other carers to activities like art, clay and yoga – as well as career mentoring and resume-writing assistance – The Carers Hub takes a holistic approach to meeting carers’ needs personally and professionally.

Mayor, Frances Eyre said the innovative program has much to offer the carers of Nillumbik and the surrounding areas.

“Carers give so much of themselves and may find it difficult to make time and space for their own wellbeing and professional development,” Cr Eyre said.

“Peer support for carers is so valuable. In addition to professional and community support, chatting and spending time with others who understand your role as a carer is so important.

“The Carers Hub has been designed with feedback from carers who said easy access to services that are close to home, is a must.

“We’re proud to offer carers a diverse range of programs and services from our Living & Learning sites at Eltham, Diamond Creek and Panton Hill, as well as online. Flexibility is a key component of The Carers Hub,” she said.

Upcoming activities include Navigating life as a carer; Pottery for carers; Carers and the NDIS information session, Carers Craft and Cuppa, and Starting a small business for creative people. Council says more events will be added throughout the year, with an increased focused on job readiness and business training.

Am I a carer?

A carer is anyone who provides essential, unpaid support and assistance who needs care and support. A carer could be a partner, family member, friend or neighbour caring for someone with disability, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependency, terminal illness, chronic illness, or an older person. Care may be provided from a few hours a day to around-the-clock assistance.

Carers are parents, children, partners – as well as other relatives and friends – who assist with a variety of personal care, health care, transport, administrative support, cognitive emotional tasks, household chores and other activities.

Carers can be of any age, from any culture or country, and any socio-economic background. If you receive a carer’s allowance this is still classed as unpaid.

Read more about The Carers Hub at livinglearningnillumbik.vic.gov.au/carershub

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