We can help you to take a break from your caring role by organising respite. Respite is when another person takes over your caring responsibilities temporarily, so that you can have a break. Respite is very important to help you recharge your batteries and care for your own health and well-being.
Respite means different things to different people and it can occur in different places. It can vary from a couple of hours, to a few days or weeks. The services we provide to enable you to take a break include:
Multicultural Carers Groups
Italian Carers Support Group
This group meets on the first Friday of each month and alternates between venues in Woden and Belconnen. The group has regular guest speakers and is supported by bilingual coordinators. If you’re interested in joining this group or just wish to find out more information, email us at RSVP@carersact.org.au or call 6296 9975 during business hours.
Indian Carers Support Group
This group meets on the second Thursday of the month alternating between the Carers ACT office in Holt and the Burns Club in Tuggeranong.
The group is coordinated by Jyoti Jalota who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 6251 6053.
Spanish Support Group
This group meets weekly and is open to all members of the Spanish speaking community. The group has grown from a carer support group but still includes people who have been carers for some time and actively supports carers.
Call 6296 9975 or email RSVP@carersact.org.au
Hungarian Carers Support Group
The Hungarian Carers Support group meet for lunch on the first Tuesday of each month in North Canberra. Call 6296 9975 or email RSVP@carersact.org.au
If you would prefer to talk to someone one-on-one about the challenges or issues you have with caring, you may find it helpful to talk to our qualified counsellors who can provide you with professional face-to-face or telephone counselling. Ring 1800 242 636 between 9am and 5pm to make an appointment.
Information about the NDIS
Please click on the below link for information about the NDIS in languages other than English.
Two fact sheets on disability and the NDIS by Amparo Advocacy, QLD are available for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people in many languages.
National Ethnic Disability Alliance (NEDA) is the national peak organisation representing the rights and interests of people living with disability, their families and carers, from culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) and non-English speaking backgrounds (NESB).
Carers Gateway | Resources for carers from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
My Aged Care can help you access aged care information in your language.
Positive Parenting Translated resources on supporting a child with diverse learning needs and their family. The resources could be useful for families, schools or any services that are supporting children and families from diverse backgrounds.