Caring for Moonee Valley carers

Monday, 15 January 2018

Unpaid carers make up 12% of the Moonee Valley population, and nationally the economic value of unpaid care provided is more than $1 billion. 

To help support our local carers, Moonee Valley City Council has launched a pilot program that offers free regular workshops and exercise classes for those who care for someone under the age of 65 with disability.

The Caring for Carers program aims to equip unpaid carers with new skills and knowledge, as well as providing the chance to connect with other local carers and improve their overall health and wellbeing.

Essendon West resident Debra Athaide participated in the Caring for Carers program in 2017, after taking on the role of full-time carer of her brother several years ago.

“Now that I have joined the caring for carers program I have an outlet and the motivation I so desperately needed for getting out, doing something for myself and connecting with other carers,” Ms Athaide said.

“My family and friends have noticed a positive change in me and I feel like I now have something to look forward to.”

Moonee Valley Mayor Cr John Sipek said the event reflects Council’s Disability Action Plan 2014-2023 objectives, which aim to ensure we provide support for those who care for someone with disability under the age of 65.

“Council is committed to ensuring that carers in Moonee Valley are given the opportunity to care for themselves too, and our new Caring for Carers program offers this through a range of free classes and workshops,” Cr Sipek said.

The program is also open to carers who are non-residents of Moonee Valley at a low cost of $5 per class or workshop. You can find the full Caring for Carers program online.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 PM