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Our Carer Support Programs support family carers of people with disability, mental illness, chronic illness or who are frail aged. Your local Carer Support Program can provide you with access to:
- Regular support groups to meet with other carers in a safe confidential environment
- Activity-based groups such as craft groups or walking groups
- Relaxing social outings
- Group or individual retreats to help give carers a much needed break away from home
- Information on other services and wellbeing topics to help make caring easier
- Educational sessions on specific topics that may be useful or interesting
- Referrals to counselling, respite and other services which may be able to support carers’ individual needs
- Local Carer Support Workers and carer mentors who can provide carers with some 1-1 emotional support to help manage the caring role
Accessing the Carer Support Program activities can provide carers with the following benefits, including:
- Emotional support – carers often find it a relief to talk things over with people who understand the pressures of caring but are not directly involved with. Having some time away from the caring role, no matter how brief, can be emotionally re-energising.
- Practical information, tips and resources - We share information about local services and supports, medical treatments and research, or tips to help make caring easier.
- New friends - Many carers find that the demands of caring make it difficult to keep in touch with friends and family. Regularly getting out to carer support activities can expand the social circle and help carers to feel less alone.
There is usually no charge for carers to access these activities, though a small contribution may be requested for some activities.
We welcome carers from all manner of diverse backgrounds to join our program, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, carers from other cultural backgrounds, and carers who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and intersex.
If you would like to find out more about the Carer Support Program in your area please contact your local Carers SA office.