08 Nov 2017
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Carers ACT, a wonderful achievement for the continued acknowledgement and support of carers in the Canberra community.
The world’s first Carers Association was established in New South Wales in 1975 and six years later, in 1981, the ACT Carers Support Group was established to offer personal counselling and opportunities for carers to meet each other and discuss issues and concerns.
Due to rapidly increasing support and recognition, the group was incorporated as the Carers Association of the ACT in 1992, becoming the peak body for carers in the ACT.
Carers Association of the ACT, which changed its name to Carers ACT in 2002, outgrew its centres of operation in Belconnen and Torrens and in 2010 moved to Holt, in the former Holt primary school.
We now operate with a budget of more than $6 million providing support to over 5,000 carers each year. Carer support in the ACT has grown substantially in recent years with programs focused on information and advice, counselling, respite, support groups and educational and social activities.
In celebration of our 25 years of successful support to Canberra carers, we opened up the Eucalypt Lawns at the Botanic Gardens on Saturday, 4 November for an afternoon of music and fun and frivolity.
Over 500 people came along to the picnic in the park, taking part in activities such as guided garden walks, face painting, games and food stalls.