A VERY special morning tea was shared at the Bombala Community Centre last Wednesday, September 4, with a ‘Carers Mingle’ being enjoyed by the local community.
The Southern Highlands Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre (SHCRCC) is proudly managed by Carers ACT to support family carers in the region, and the morning tea was all about getting to know the services available in the Bombala district.
Over 30 carers attended, with presentations made not only on the SHCRCC itself, but also on Carers NSW and Medicare Local.
Carers from Bombala and surrounding areas discussed their carer situations and were able to ask questions.
There was also a discussion on the lack of support workers in the immediate Bombala region and the SHCRCC spoke of their commitment to work with support services to ensure that local carers are offered holistic services that meet their needs.
“This was an opportunity for carers to meet and mingle with other family carers in their area, as well as to hear about available carer supports and get answers to their questions about caring,” Ms Dee McGrath, Carers ACT CEO, said.
“Carers can often experience poorer health, including chronic conditions, and economic disadvantage because of their caring role but are not always aware that support is available to them.
“We have established a regional office in partnership with Carers NSW in Moruya at 71 Campbell Street that is open Monday to Friday and we’re looking forward to supporting many more carers through the Southern Highlands Centre.”
For more information about the Centre, respite and other carer events see www.carersact.org.au/southernhighlands
For information about state wide carer services, such as counselling, see www.carersnsw.org.au