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Gippsland Disability Advocacy received $40,000 to connect carers from across Gippsland through formal and informal peer support programs
Local unpaid carers who selflessly support their loved ones will receive more support from the Victorian Government to help care for their own wellbeing.
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing today announced that Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc would receive $40,000 to connect carers from across the region through formal and informal peer support programs. Baw Baw Shire Council will also receive $39,991 through the program, which will go towards a Carers Group targeting isolated carers from Rawson and Erica. The announcement was made as part of Carers Week, which runs from October 10-16.
Carers are set to benefit from new grants for local initiatives that support their health and wellbeing as well as a range of transport and business discounts
Funding for carers
The funding is part of than $2.6 million for organisations across Victoria to support carers to reconnect when it's safe to do so through activities like morning teas, bushwalks and virtual cooking classes - as well as information sessions and online forums to support carers from multicultural backgrounds to access the right supports.
Across Victoria, more than 736,000 carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them, whether due to chronic disease, mental illness, disability or old age.
Innovative projects to support
Fifty-six organisations will receive grants totalling $1.75 million through the Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program. The grants will help carers access peer support, community support programs and other tailored resources supporting their physical and mental health, and help them connect with family, friends and other carers.
Additionally, five organisations will share in $917,000 through the Statewide Partnership Grants Program, which will support partnerships between carer organisations and other community support organisations to deliver innovative projects that benefit carers across the state.
The five recipient organisations are Little Dreamers, Different Journeys, Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria, Financial Counselling Victoria and Tandem. Respite is also available to carers through the Support for Carers program, which is accessible during lockdown.
Providing support for the carers
Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers James Merlino said, "Carers do such an incredible job caring for loved ones and it's critical they get the support and downtime they need to keep themselves well."
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Anthony Carbines said, "These programs will provide carers the opportunity to reconnect both online and face-to-face after a challenging 18 months."
Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing said, "We are supporting carer support groups like Different Journeys and Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc to continue doing the wonderful work they do, which makes such a difference in the lives of local carers."
To see the full list of recipients, visit the Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program website.
Pictures from Victorian Department of Health Facebook page.
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