What an amazing jam packed October it was for carers, services and staff!
October contained more than the usual amount of significant days of recognition, each with their own meaning and target audience. Given the increasing number of days, weeks and months of recognition, celebration and remembrance, I often worry that over commitment and fatigue will result in disengagement. However despite the busy times we live in, it heartens me greatly to see services enthusiastically committing and engaging within these worthy causes. It is similarly welcoming to know that our communities recognise the needs of others and are keen to participate in the morning teas, lunches, dinners, expos, auctions, raffles, marches, stalls, activities and events hosted to support these days of recognition.
Amongst the above events, several stood out for carers including the 7th International Carers Conference, National Mental Health Week, Seniors Month and National Carers Week.
Carers SA promotes and engages actively within these days of significance in recognition that carers are often impacted by their associated causes. Staff across the regions have been busy collaborating with service providers to host events, promote awareness and engage carers within the many activities. There are far too many stories to mention here therefore, I strongly encourage you to visit our Facebook page for a summary including photos of carers and staff sharing special times during these events.
Naturally National Carers Week rated highly on the Carers SA calendar and was celebrated by both carers and staff within all of our regions. National Carers Week is about recognising and celebrating the outstanding contribution unpaid carers make to our nation. Not only for the $60.3 billion worth of unpaid care they provide annually, but also for the care and commitment they give to the people they care for.
Each year our staff and carers look forward to a week of celebratory events, promotional activities and recognition of carers in our communities and across Australia. 2017 National Carers Week did not disappoint!!
Events ranged from day trips, retreats and Forums for carers coupled with awareness and promotion on television, radio and in newspapers. A special thanks go out to all of our hardworking staff for organising such a great range of activities and also to other agencies that partnered with us to share this very special week. Below is a summary of events across the regions, which all can also be viewed on our Facebook page.
Eyre Peninsula Carers – Carers attended a 2 day retreat travelling across the region including a Dutton Bay woolshed tour, beach walks, op shopping and good food.
Northern Country Carers – Carers enjoyed a mystery bus trip which took them to the Gladstone Prison for a tour and BBQ lunch.
Western Metro Carers – Local Member of Parliament Mark Butler hosted a morning tea recognising carers within the region. The Commissioner for Children & Young People, Helen Connolly and staff hosted a Sunday afternoon event for young carers to thank them for the care they provide within their family.
Southern Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island Carers – Victor Harbour hosted a Carer Forum exploring the recent changes within aged care services with guest speakers and a delicious lunch. Kangaroo Island promoted the week with shop front displays and an afternoon tea for carers.
River Murray Mallee Carers – Carers enjoyed a Chinese lunch at Murray Bridge and a day trip in the Berri region.
Limestone Coast Carers – Celebrated a very special anniversary of 20 years of Carers SA support within the region with over 30 founding and current carers, and a big cake!
John Merrett, Program Manager Community Services