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Men Care Too you know!
Did you know that more than 1.2 million men in Australia who provide unpaid care to family or friends don't consider themselves carers?
Men are not socialised to think of themselves as unpaid 'Carers'. Most don't identify with the term at all.
They are often socially isolated, suffer poor mental health and lower levels of good health than the general Australian population. A Carers NSW study shows Carer groups, specifically targeted towards men have proven to be a very beneficial support for male carers.
Check out this great video to see why men care, and for more great male carer resources, visit Men Care Too, Mengage, Carers Gateway and Carers NSW.
Having trouble with the NDIS?
In response to the ongoing challenges people are facing with the NDIS, Disability Advocacy NSW have developed two very useful recourses for people who need help with reviewing NDIS decisions in relation to Plans and Access.
- NDIS Help - I can’t access the NDIS
- NDIS Help – Not Enough Support
Talk-Link: Carer Support Telephone Groups
Carers NSW are running a variety of Talk-link Carers Groups over September. The groups, run over a course of six weeks, are facilitated by professionally trained counsellors and run at the same time each week for around one hour. There is no cost involved. September Talk-Link groups include:
- Carer Wellbeing: Multiple Sclerosis
Carer Wellbeing: Age-related macular degeneration (After-hours group)
Carer Wellbeing: Dementia
Carer Wellbeing: Disability
You can visit the Carers NSW website for more information.
Support when someone you care for is dying
LifeCircle is a new website for those caring for people at the end of life. They are a home of support, bringing experience and information into one place. You can talk to an expert guide, listen to other people’s stories, find resources to assist you, ask general questions or just read.
New Dementia Friends
Small acts can make a big difference. Help support people with dementia to remain included, accepted and connected with their community.
Participants can access a free online learning tool to increase their understanding of dementia and help with small, everyday things that can make a big difference to a person living with dementia.
To become a Dementia Friend, head to www.dementiafriendly.org.au.
Rule #1: Listen to the parent / carer
Harm in health care is devastating for patients and families. In this short video Naomi and Grant Day share their experience as parents and talk about what the health care community can do to respond to carer / family concerns.
Nest has launched!
Nest matches people with disability who are looking for a home, with available Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) that properly meets their needs.
It is a fast, easy, free, fully accessible and totally independent.
For carers like Sharon, Nest offers control, choice, convenience and confidence in searching for the right accommodation for a loved one with disability. You can read about Sharon's story on the Nest website.
Check out the Kirribilli Centre's Carers Program
The Kirribilli Centre's Carers Program has a range of social events and wellbeing activities in the Northern Sydney area. Check out their website or call them on 9922 4428.
Check out the latest NDIS news here:
Have you taken over the role of preparing meals?
Do you miss those favourite home cooked dishes?
Then why not learn how to cook them yourself!
We have a range of Men's Cooking Classes - from Berowra to Ryde and the Northern Beaches for male carers; recently widowed men or those whose partners are in an aged care facility.
Booking are essential. If you know a male carer who could benefit, let them know!
Do you care?
Did you know that 79 per cent of Australia's 2.7 million unpaid family and friend carers don't actually see themselves as carers?
Some of these people may be eligible for much needed emotional and financial support.
Check out this short video from the Carer Gateway which explains more.
Who cares for the carers?
What support comes from government and local councils?
There is a veritable army of carers looking after loved ones in this country – and most of the work they do is unpaid. Listen here to ABC's Trevor Chappell speaking with Ara Cresswell, CEO of Carers Australia, about the issue.
Attention male carers: Get fit, feel great and have fun!
Healthy Lifestyle is inviting men to join two new exercise groups:
- Aqua fitness at Alan Walker Village, Carlingford, on Mondays at 11:10am
- Men's MoveMENt (circuit) at Ryde Congregational Church on Wednesdays at 9:15am
Your first class is FREE and then half price for the rest of 2018! ($55 per 10 week term or pro-rata, and $44 for concession)
There are currently men aged in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s thoroughly enjoying the structured light exercise. If you are, or know of any men who could use some more energy or a lift in mood, please let them about this opportunity.
Bookings are essential. Please call 8877-5302 or visit www.nshealthpromotion.com.au.
Want to join a carer's telephone support group?
Carers NSW Australia 'Talk-link' groups may be for you.
Talk-Link is a phone-based therapeutic counselling group where trained facilitators and a group of carers get together over the phone to explore challenges associated with the caring role. Talk-Link is of great value for carers in rural areas, carers with travel constraints and those who find it hard to attend in person.
Therapeutic counselling groups focus on specific disabilities or health conditions and cover a broad range of topics to support you in your caring role. Groups can be of great value for carers and previous participants have reported a number of benefits including:
- Being able to talk freely and having a sense of connection with others who understand
- Sharing, learning and building on existing coping skills
- Sharing mutual feelings and fears
- Being accepted and a reduction in the sense of isolation
How do I take part?
All calls are free of charge, except when calling from mobile phones. It is recommended you organise a private space where you can talk freely and won't be disturbed.
You can check out all upcoming Talk-Link groups here or contact the Carer Line on 1800 242 636.
Do you support someone with an intellectual disability and
co-existing mental health condition?
Do you think there's a need for a highly specialised intellectual disability mental health service in NSW?
If so, have your say in this
UNSW quick survey.
UNSW Sydney research aims to improve access to mental health care for people with an intellectual disability and co-occurring mental ill health. It also aims to determine, if a highly specialised (tertiary) service existed, how it could best operate to meet the needs of people with an intellectual disability and co-occurring mental ill health.
Hear for You!
Hear For You (HYF) is all about young deaf people inspiring deaf teens in Australia. They run a range of programs and workshops that give teenagers the chance to connect, pick up new skills and strategies, find mentors and also have a good time (yes really… it will have fun, not just some lame kind of ‘organised’ fun!).
Hear for You has been set up to make the bumpy teenage ride a little smoother.
School stress, friend dramas, social media anxiety… when you’re a teenager, it’s all happening. Add deafness to the mix, and you’re in the middle of a perfect storm. After all, communication is kind of critical (especially when you’re trying to come up with the perfect comeback in a convo that’s happening at the speed of light).
Curious? Good! Why not check them out
Are you exhausted and a carer?
Petrea King and her Quest for life have some wonderful hints and tips to help. Check them out
A Carer's toolkit for employment
Want to know how your skills, knowledge, and experience as a carer be used to gain employment?
SkillsLink2Work website has been developed to help carers to understand how the skills, knowledge and experience they have built up as carers can be used to gain employment.
Carers are able to select caring tasks they do on a regular basis and the website translates those activities into ‘employer language’ that can be used in job applications or in seeking recognition for training.
The website produces two printable reports to help you prepare your resume or apply for jobs.