Those who provide care and support for a family member, friend or neighbour were recently invited to come along to the Butler Community Centre for an afternoon of informative, educational and fun activities.
The Mayor of the City of Wanneroo Tracey Roberts officially opened the event declaring that “Wanneroo is the fastest growing local authority” and this was evident in both the numbers and feedback from carers who attended, taking the opportunity to learn about local community and carer respite services from the over 30 local organisations.
Among the crowd were Kaye Host and her husband, who are going on an extended holiday soon; Kaye cares for her mother who has recently had a hip replacement. She is very independent and won’t consider going into Aged Care while they are away. Kaye came to the expo to find out whether there are other services available that can support her in her carer role and that would give her peace of mind that that her mum was safe while they were away.
Jack and Jean came to the event because Jack cares for his wife who has a spinal problem and they wanted to see what services and supports were available in their area with regards to home care and respite. Jack said he was surprised at the range of services that are available and was pleased to meet so many pleasant people doing such a splendid job.
The event provided a much needed networking opportunity for many of the exhibitors. Nicole Abbott from the Spiers Centre said “It has been great attending this event; there are organisations here that I thought would know about our services but don’t so it is an opportunity to raise our profile and promote our services to the sector and community”.
Annie Huggett from the Northern Suburbs Community Legal Centre, Older Peoples Rights Service said that “We really appreciated being invited to attend the event as it gave us the opportunity to talk to a number of carers from the area about their legal rights, including offering free appointments to explain the risks of the enduring power of attorney. It was also an excellent networking opportunity for us.”
If you or anyone in your local community would like information about carer support and respite services please call ILC’s Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 or visit www.ilc.com.au
Image: Claire Oats and Elenie Kolitsis (City of Wanneroo), Mayor of the City of Wanneroo Tracey Roberts, ILC Executive Director Gerri Clay, ILC Founder Freda Jacob, ILC Service Coordinator, Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre Jane Trigg and Amy Blundells (Satterley).
View our video from the event below on our YouTube channel here.