Local unpaid carers who selflessly support their loved ones will receive more support from the Victorian Government to help care for their own wellbeing.
Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative would receive almost $39,200 to establish an Indigenous Carer Peer Support Group to yarn, support and network with each other and have access to guest speakers and other local organisations.
The funding is part of than $2.6 million for organisations across Victoria to support carers to reconnect when it’s safe to do so through activities like morning teas, bushwalks and virtual cooking classes – as well as information sessions and online forums to support carers from multicultural background to access the right supports.
Across Victoria, more than 736,000 carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them, whether due to chronic disease, mental illness, disability or old age.
Fifty-six organisations will receive grants totalling $1.75 million through the Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program. The grants will help carers access peer support, community support programs and other tailored resources supporting their physical and mental health, and help them connect with family, friends and other carers.
Additionally, five organisations will share in $917,000 through the Statewide Partnership Grants Program, which will support partnerships between carer organisations and other community support organisations to deliver innovative projects that benefit carers across the state.
The five recipient organisations are Little Dreamers, Different Journeys, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, Financial Counselling Victoria and Tandem.
Respite is also available to carers through the Support for Carers program. The full list of Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program recipients can be found at: vic.gov.au/grants-benefit-carers-and-support-their-wellbeing.
Quote attributable to Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney
“We are supporting carer support groups like Gunditjmara Aboriginal Cooperative to continue doing the wonderful work they do, which makes such a difference in the lives of local carers.”
“Carers do such an incredible job caring for loved ones and it’s critical they get the support and downtime they need to keep themselves well.”
“These programs will provide carers the opportunity to reconnect both online and face-to-face after a challenging 18 months.”