Carers living in the Shepparton region will have greater opportunities to be healthy, active and well –thanks to a $1 million package of grants from the Andrews Labor Government.
Member for Northern Victoria, Mark Gepp MP announced the local community organisations that will receive grants of up to $20,000 as part of the package to improve the health and wellbeing of carers.
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, including:
- $12,700 to Inspired Carers Incorporated will help the organisation facilitate support group activities in Shepparton, Seymour, Alexandra and Wangaratta, including organise bi-monthly weekend and evening peer group meetings to provide information and support to carers.
- $16,470 to NCN Health will help the organisation develop a bi-monthly group program to increase opportunities for carers to come together and socially connect with others in the local community. Other initiatives include develop a carer passport which identifies someone as being in a caring role.
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.
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.
Quotes attributable to Mark Gepp MP, Member for Northern Victoria
“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.”
“Caring can be both rewarding and challenging – especially for those living in regional and rural areas – however social interactions play a vital part in health and wellbeing where people can gain empowerment, support and friendship.”
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.”