07 Sep 2018
Why I Care…..14-20 October is National Carers Week, a time to recognise and support the significant contribution Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers (and Canberra’s almost 50,000 carers) make to the community and to encourage the community and government to better support them.
This year’s theme is ‘Why We Care’ and we are calling on you to show your support by doing something to make a carer’s life a little easier. Knowing someone acknowledges them and wants to help can make a huge difference.
If you know a carer, encourage them to contact Carers ACT for practical support, information and advice.
Get your workplace to adopt a ‘carer-friendly’ policy to improve carers’ income and work opportunities.
Be a friend to a carer in your neighbourhood and pop in for a coffee, make a meal, help out with their gardening or home maintenance or drive them to a medical appointment.
You might even like to add your story of why you care on the Carers Australia website story wall here.
Our national ambassadors this year are our Olympic and World Champion swimmers Cate and Bronte Campbell, who help care for their severely disabled younger brother Hamish who has cerebral palsy. Look out for our community service ads with these sisters in October.
What’s Happening Around Canberra During Carers Week?
Fancy a Free Game of Golf at Royal Canberra?
11.30am, 11 October 2018
Strategic Partners is a consulting firm in Canberra who are running a golf day at Royal Canberra Golf Club with the proceeds raised coming to Carers ACT. They have included eight free spaces for carers to play and get a chance to meet with others in the community including members of the Brumbies. Registrations from 11.30am, 11 October. If you would like to participate, please email us.
Launch of the ACT Carer Strategy – Action Plan
12pm, 16 October 2018
You may be aware that a group of carers and others have been working very hard to develop the first three-year action plan under the new ACT Carers Strategy. The plan has now been finalised and is with the Ministers for endorsement. We will be launching the action plan as part of Carers Week on Tuesday 16 October at 12pm at the National Portrait Gallery.
Have Breakfast With Our Politicians
7.30am, 17 October 2018
Each year during Carers Week, Carers Australia hosts an event at Parliament House which aims to attract as many politicians as possible to gather and meet with carers and carer supporters. This year they are hoping that a breakfast event will attract more politicians. Whilst the timing is not ideal for many carers, there may be some who are available or interested in attending. Assistance with transport can be provided. If you are interested in attending please email us.
Free Dental Check Ups
From 8am, 20 October
Maven Dental Clinics around Australia will be offering unpaid carers a free dental exam, x-rays and clean as well as advice on how to fit good oral health care into their busy lives. This is their way of saying ‘thank you’ for everything carers do. You can book at Maven Dental Belconnen (Ph 6251 5454) or Wanniassa Dental Surgery (Ph 6231 0001). Limited places. Book early! (Apologies to our NSW carers – there are no Southern NSW clinics).
Free Hearing Tests
Get a free hearing check! Australian Hearing is offering free hearing checkups for carers to support National Carers Week on Wed 17 Oct, 11am-2pm at Carers ACT Holt. To book please phone Eva on 6296 9933 or email firstname.lastname@example.org