Carers Week runs from 15-21 October and is an opportunity to show support and acknowledge the significant difference carers make to the people they care for and the broader community.
Carers provide ongoing care, support and assistance without payment to a person with disabilities or a chronic illness (including mental illness), or who are frail. It is estimated that there are about 320,000 carers in Western Australia.
The State Government recognises the significant role of unpaid carers, and invests $1 million in support services and programs including counselling and training, social support, advice and information services, respite, employment engagement activities, a young carers’ program and a community education program.
The WA Carers Strategy, released in 2016, outlines the State Government’s commitment to supporting carers and guides other government agencies, service providers and the community in better ways to support and recognise carers.
A number of events for carers are being held across WA this week, ranging from morning teas to yoga classes and pamper sessions.
To find an event happening for Carers Week in your area, visit the Carers WA website