Kyabram Free Press

KCLC funding boost will support carers

- By Zac Standish

There were plenty of reasons to celebrate at Kyabram Community and Learning Centre last week as it secured a $28,654.55 funding boost courtesy of the state government’s Caring for Victoria’s Selfless Unpaid Carers program.

In conjunctio­n with Kyabram District Health Service, this funding will go towards supporting carers throughout the community, giving them the support they need to provide assistance in the most effective manner.

KCLC executive support to the chief executive Claire Perrella said this was a fantastic result.

“We are thrilled to be able to provide support and have a group here for carers to come to and connect with other carers, and I think it is really important they have this platform,” Ms Perrella said.

“Being able to share experience­s with people going through the same thing is vital so we are excited to have secured this funding and to be able to help this group of people.”

Ms Perrella explained the exciting new initiative this funding would be going towards.

“KCLC are working in partnershi­p with the KDHS to provide a series of workshops based on strengthen­ing the help and wellbeing of carers and making sure they are socially connected with their peers — the group is called Connected Carers,” she said.

“It is aimed at supporting rural carers and providing them with a range of social support and informatio­n to increase their resilience and allow them to develop supportive relationsh­ips that will hopefully continue on an

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She said the role of the carer in our society was often overlooked.

“Carers are often forgotten individual­s and they provide unpaid support to families and friends, and taking on a caring role is a significan­t step which brings both challenges and rewards,” she said.

“Every caring situation is different; however, many carers share similar experience­s, so it is important that carers also remember to look after themselves and have somewhere they can go for support.”

With this idea of building a social connection in mind, Ms Perrella explained the different types of activities the program offered.

“The sessions will include self-care and support using technology, care support, carers’ support informatio­n, some workshops including tai chi, relaxation, drumming, art and tips on living a healthy lifestyle,” she said.

“Carers will also be given a chance to express what they want to get out of the program as we really look to connect with their needs and give them a product they will get a lot out of.”

For anyone wanting to get involved with the Connected Carers program, Ms Perrella said there were a number of ways to flag their interest.

“For people keen to get involved they can contact KCLC or Kyabram District Health and we will point them in the right direction.”

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‘Fantastic result’: Kyabram Community and Learning Centre’s Raelene Maskell and Claire Perrella.

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