Carers Victoria provide services, support and advocacy to caring families throughout Victoria. Over 700,000 Victorians are caring for a family member or friend with a disability, mental or chronic illness, or who is frail and aged. Caring for someone can bring many rewards but it also brings frustrations, challenges, social isolation, financial hardship, poor health and wellbeing and so on.
To that end, Carers VIC understand that only when caring is shared in the community: between family members and friends; between neighbours and support services; between workplaces and businesses; and between all levels of government; will caring be sustainable into the future. To help and support carers, they run many events and online workshops throughout the year, and following you'll find FREE events that require REGISTRATION for October and November 2020 as listed. Follow the EVENT LINKS for complete details.
Tue 27 Oct 10-11am - Supported Decision-Making: For carers of an adult with a cognitive disability. Learn to understand the various ways supported decision-making can occur in Victoria, considering all the legal possibilities and more. Book here
Tue 27 Oct 2-3pm - Write Your Cares Away: An introduction to simple, enjoyable writing activites of 3-5 mins and understanding how writing can support your wellbeing. Book here
Wed 28 Oct 10-11am - Communicating with Family & Friends: We communicate everyday, but what happens when things go wrong? Confident communication is a skill that can be learnt. This is a workshops for those who wish to improve relationships or communication with family and friends. Book here
Wed 28 Oct 2-3pm - Strong Boundaries, Strong Carers: Learn practical strategies to protect your sense of self as well as your health and wellbeing. Especially for those who have difficulty setting boundaries and looking after themselves. Book here
Thu 29 Oct 10-11am - Caring For Yourself: Do you take better care of the person you are caring for than yourself? If the answer is yes, you will benefit from this workshop. Book here
Wed 4 Nov 11am-12pm - I Feel So Guilty!: Guilt wears carers down and ties them in knots. If this is a difficult issue for you, learn how to manage it. Book here
Fri 6 Nov 10-11am - Over-Caring Costs the Carer: If you find yourself doing more for the person you support than you would like, attend this workshop to reflect on your caring style and make changes to benefit both of you. Book here
Wed 11 Nov 1-2pm - Carers Victoria Support Services for Carers: Caring can be complex and challenging. This workshop will provide information about support services available to family carers and the service organisations which provide those services. It also includes information on the new Carer Gateway. Book here
Mon 16 Nov 7-8pm - Advance Care Planning an Introduction: This workshop is an introduction to advance care planning. It assists you to think about future health care for a time you may not be able to communicate your preferences and wishes. Book here
Fri 20 Nov 10-11am - The Art of Being Assertive: Being assertive helps carers to look after themselves. The aim of this workshop is to increase your assertive communication skills to help you clearly express your need and wishes. Book here
As you can see, all events are important to those in the caring roles and for preparing for the future. There's a lot of information and you might learn something new you could have missed. A great source for all carers and those edging into the advanced years.
Carers Gateway is an organisation that provides information on services & support for people who care for someone with disability, chronic illness, dementia, mental illness or frailty due to age. See their website to get connected with a a new Australia-wide network of Carer Gateway service providers. They will talk through what you need and help you to find local services and support to help you. Learn about their new services here. You can ask for a counsellor, join a forum to connect with other cares, find out about self-guided coaching and explore carer skills courses and more.
Day one focuses on Connecting to Systems where you'll gain knowledge about the Carer Gateway, the NDIS, carer benefits, aged care and more.
Day 2 is all about Connecting to Wellbeing. It'll be a fun day of health and wellness events, fun activities and ways to connect with others including carer support groups. Stay connected and updated via Carers Victoria's Facebook page.