The Cobram Courier

Carers info session hosted

- By Isabelle Harris

Cobram Library played host on February 11 to FamilyCare program leader Jason Watts, who hosted an informatio­n session for carers on the supports available to them via the government’s Carer Gateway initiative.

FamilyCare provides support through the initiative, as well as other funded carer support programs available.

The session covered supports available to carers via the Carer Gateway at every stage of being a carer, from beginning care to the end stages of the caring journey.

Mr Watts encouraged every carer to get in touch and have a chat about their situation and what supports were available to the carer, as well as the person needing care.

“Have a chat about your situation and we can work out how we can best support you in your caring role. Every caring person’s situation is unique, everyone’s is different,” he said.

“Some people are providing care 24 hours a day seven days a week, 365 days a year. Other people are just supporting a neighbour or a friend a couple times a week.”

“We know that carers often don’t ask for help. They often put the needs of the person they care for ahead of their own needs and that’s what we want to try and address.”

Linda McInerney, an attendee at the session who recently become a carer, said she had not attended a session like this before but found it “really good”.

“I often prefer face-to-face and visual explanatio­ns ... I get a lot more out of hearing someone explain how things work,” she said.

“It’s definitely a good system... you’ve got the support in the background that can assist you or advise you.”

Mr Watts explained caring could be anything from taking the bins in, up to round the clock personal care or domestic assistance in the home.

“We’re talking about people who are unpaid, and its really challengin­g because people often don’t see themselves as a carer,” Mr Watts said.

Carer supports can include counsellin­g in a range of formats, online coaching modules that teach self-care and support strategies, and employment or volunteeri­ng support.

Mr Watts also said FamilyCare could help with respite, domestic assistance and food or fuel vouchers.

The Carer Gateway can be contacted on 1800 422 737.

 ?? ?? Gathered together: Jason Watts hosted the informatio­n session for carers at Cobram Library.
Gathered together: Jason Watts hosted the informatio­n session for carers at Cobram Library.

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