Interchange Outer East was a successful recipient in the Victorian Government’s recent massive funding boost for the support of carers.

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan, announced the release of $3.9 million for four new state-wide partnership projects and more than 90 local community projects to benefit carers.

Interchange Outer East, in partnership with Access Health and Community, will set up a project to expand statewide the already successful Pathways Program– regular monthly walks for carers that connect them to other carers and to the natural environment. Currently Pathways walks operates in seven different local government areas.

IOE’s project outline is to expand the program of walks throughout Victoria. By utilising the experience of current Pathways walks, the project will identify success factors and provide information and resources to support and enable new Pathways programs to be initiated in other Victorian communities. The project will develop an information kit and training program that identifies the critical aspects for success and sets out positive outcomes for a Pathways project. The outcomes of the project will be then evaluated.

The Pathways Program is an innovative approach to Carer Support that is built on a partnership approach. The group walks are led by carers and community members and are supported by organisational partners offering resources and networks which underpin the program’s success. As well as walking, guest walkers/speakers from a range of services and networks attend each session.

Pathways aims to:
• Provide opportunities for all carers to access a walk
• Provide peer based support and build stronger connections with other carers
• Provide information and access to services and resources for carers
• Enable opportunities for carers to be active, with a flow on effect of improved physical and mental health
• Connect carers with nature
• Empower carers by providing opportunities for development of skills and confidence and encouraging them to take on responsibilities for Pathways walks

Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan, commented “We want carers in all parts of Victoria to access support in their community and have the opportunity to connect with others and improve their health and well-being”

“Our hard-working carers deserve our support, which is why we’ve invested almost $50 million for extra respite, transport concessions and grants for local carer groups across Victoria.”

Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Anthony Carbines added “We’re making it easier for carers to access the services they need to look after themselves and make sure they’re supported in their care role.”

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