NEW LOCAL ACTIVITIES TO BETTER SUPPORT CARERS in East Gippsland

Carers living in East Gippsland will have more opportunities to be healthy, active and well thanks to a $1 million package of grants from the Andrews Labor Government.

Member for Eastern Victoria Jane Garrett today announced that a local community organisation will receive grants of up to $20,000 as part of the package to improve the health and wellbeing of carers.

The grant for Bairnsdale Carers Group will help the carers get together for a coffee once a month at a local café to get together for a relaxing chat and discuss outing options that the group can do later in the month. outings can range from driving to another town 50km away for lunch, play mini golf etc. to driving over 200km away to have lunch and see an attraction such as a museum.

Across the state 94 community organisations and groups are receiving grants to support carers to be physically and mentally healthy, socially active and better connected with other carers, support programs and resources.

The new Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program will focus on support for carers in regional areas, as well as under-recognised groups such as young carers. More than 736,600 Victorian carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them. It can be difficult for carers to access the services they need to look after themselves and make sure they’re supported in their care role.

The Labor Government is investing almost $50 million to help carers with extra respite, transport concessions and grants to support local initiatives. Supporting the health and wellbeing of carers is a key priority of the Victorian carer strategy 2018–22 –the first whole-of-government strategy recognising carers.

Quote attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

“Often the best source of information and support for carers is other carers. These grants will give them greater emotional support and connect them with other people dealing with the same challenges.”

Quote attributable to Member for Eastern Victoria, Jane Garrett

“We’re very proud to fund these fantastic local support groups and initiatives to help make sure carers get the support they need and have asked for.