Carers Night at Wyreena

October 21, 2016

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On Friday 14th October, IOE hosted our Family Support Services ‘Carers Social Night Out’, at the lovely Wyreena Conservatory Café in Croydon. This event was in celebration of National Carers Week 2016. Australia has 2.8 million unpaid carers, and this event was a way for us to celebrate and recognise our carers, and the contributions that they make to our community.

Many carers came along and enjoyed the warm evening and beautiful surroundings of the Conservatory. Carers took advantage of the mild night and lovely garden surrounds to sit outside and socialise and listen to the beautiful sounds of Silver Zephyr, an acoustic duo whose music really added to the atmosphere of the event. No-one went hungry, with delicious finger food and drinks offered by the friendly and courteous staff of Wyreena. Raffle prizes that were kindly donated, provided a wonderful gift for many of our carers.

We have had lots of positive feedback from the carers who appreciated the relaxing atmosphere and the opportunity to socialise and enjoy an evening away from their caring roles.

Special thanks to the Lions Club of Lysterfield (small grant) and Villa Maria Catholic Homes who supported this event. We’d also like to thank those who contributed to our raffle – Carla Farrelly from Angelic Reflexology, Alys from Restore Revive, Cameo Cinemas (Belgrave), Kate Murphy from MFR Massage Therapy, Original Joes (Heathmont), and Michael Sukkar (Federal Member for Deakin).

by Frances Gammino and Olivia Thomas – Family Support Services

** For those carers who would like to enjoy the ‘Wyreena experience’ again , or for the first time, IOE’s Maroondah Carers Group is holding its next get-together at the Conservatory Café on Wednesday 2nd November from 10am – 12pm.  Come along for a friendly chat and social catch up over  scones and tea/coffee. You pay for your drinks and we will shout your scone! RSVP essential via online form  or email Olivia at support.groups@ioe.org.au

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