We Care For Carers Day

October 19, 2016

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On Saturday 15th October, Interchange Outer East, in conjunction with Uniting Care LifeAssist, and with the support of Knox City Council, hosted our ‘We Care For Carers’ day, at the Community Arts Centre in Ferntree Gully. This event celebrated National Carers Week 2016, and focused on the needs of carers providing opportunities for carers to meet 1:1 with services and to begin creating pathways to access a range of supports from local organisations.

Special thanks for our guest services Uniting Care LifeAssist, Carers Victoria, Association of Children with a Disability and Villa Maria Catholic Homes, who provided advice, support and resources to the carers who attended on the day.

The Lions Club of Lysterfield provided our guests with a delicious BBQ – thanks to these generous volunteers for your time and effort! Guests also enjoyed tasty sweet treats and tea and coffee.

We had over 60 carers and their families attend on the day. Carers thoroughly enjoyed free massages and reflexology sessions with Carla Farrelly from Angelic Reflexology, Melanie from Melanie Allan Massage, and Catherine Hawkins Mobile Massage Therapist. These three ladies worked non-stop throughout the day, and provided carers with an opportunity to recharge and relax. We received lots of positive feedback on the day regarding how appreciated these sessions were – carers left looking very relaxed! Children loved participating in our art and craft activities, music therapy sessions with Melanie Jane from Kindermusik, story time with Pam, and interactive toys that were set up outside in the sunshine.

Thank you to all the Interchange office staff and vollies who kindly volunteered their time to assist in ensuring the event ran smoothly – your hard work was greatly appreciated!

We hope the carers and families who attended our ‘We Care For Carers’ day, found the event valuable, enjoyable and that it provided you with an opportunity to network with some local service providers who may be able to support you in your caring roles in the future.

 by Mark, Olivia, Karen & Kim Family Support Services Team

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