Do you think carers need better support?

Let’s get loud for carers in the Victorian State Election!

With the Victorian State Election set for Saturday 26 November, now is the time to advocate for better support for carers.

The more voices we have speaking up for carers, the harder it will be for our state politicians to ignore us!

Carers Victoria is calling on political candidates of all persuasions to commit to the practical solutions proposed in their Election Statement - Carers Count Too. It’s time to care for the carers because they count too.

Find out how to advocate for better support for carers in the lead-up to the election. Anyone who joins the call will be equipped with the tools and techniques they need to write to, or meet with, their member of the Victorian Parliament.

Access all the resources from Carer's Victoria to support you to speak up for carers.

The more voices we have speaking out for carers, the more likely it will be that our state members will listen and make the changes that carers genuinely need.

Ballarat East Neighbourhood House is a Carer Friendly House

An important program 'Carer Friendly' helps to make neighbourhood houses more informed, compassionate and inviting spaces for Victoria’s carers.

Designed in partnership with Carers Victoria, with support from the State Government, this educational program will result in more social and support opportunities for over 730,000 Victorians with unpaid caring responsibilities. Carers are ordinary people who attend to the diverse needs of family or friends with disability, terminal illness, long lasting injury or mental health issues.

The Carer Friendly program involves neighbourhood house staff and volunteers undertaking a series of online learner modules which focus on a range of areas such as identifying carers, services available to carers, carer benefits and more.

Once the modules are completed, the neighbourhood house will receive a Carer Friendly decal to display on their front window, signalling to carers that they are welcomed, and that the neighbourhood house is a safe space to share their experiences and seek support.

Our staff have completed this training, so the Ballarat East Neighbourhood House is accredited as a Carer Friendly House.

Bushfire Planning – you and the person you care for

CFA has created a new free, online training module: Bushfire Planning – you and the person you care for.

See an interview with Rebekah who lives in a high fire-risk area and cared for her daughter who has a neurological disorder.

This module is designed as part of a suite for the care sector that also include Bushfire Safety for Workers (previously called Summer Safe Travel) and Bushfire Planning - how to support your clients, under the CFA's Protecting Vulnerable People project.

National Carer's Week

Find out more about National Carers Week, held annually in October.

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