Broken Hill’s Carer Gateway is a branch of the national support service for carers in communities. This week they are celebrating National Carers Week from October 15 to 21. This event recognises, raises awareness, and celebrates the 2.65 million unpaid carers across Australia.
Our region’s Carer Gateway Peer-support and Planning Partner, Melody Henderson, invited local carers to gather for drag bingo this week but even with the last-minute cancellation by the host, the fun event went ahead creating the opportunity for carers to meet one another in a casual setting over a meal and a few laughs.
Ms Henderson told the Barrier Truth that a carer is someone who provides care and support to a family member or friend who has a disability, a medical condition, mental illness or who is frail due to age – and anyone can be a carer.
“Many don’t see themselves as carers,” says Ms Henderson. “They’re just children, parents, grandparents, partners, relatives, or friends who care for someone close to them, so people become carers in different ways. They might start helping someone out bit by bit, or maybe there’s a sudden event, like an accident, or illness. And although being a carer has its rewards, it can also be tiring, and isolating.”
Ms Henderson says that supporting carers to manage these challenges can make a big difference in their lives and may improve their overall health and well-being.
“If you’re a carer, you can get help and support through LiveBetter’s Carer Gateway, so we welcome local carers to join us for upcoming events,” Ms Henderson said.
The Australian Government’s Carer Gateway initiative assists unpaid carers, ensuring they get the required support before hitting a crisis. The service offers counselling, coaching, emergency respite, peer support, online skills courses, and tailored support packages.
For further information on Carer Gateway, or to register for support, call 1800 422 737 or at https://www.carergateway.gov.au/