There’s been an air of excitement and anticipation around Carer Support as staff prepare to attend and present at the 7th International Carers Conference. It’s a wonderful thing for Adelaide to be hosting this high profile international event, not only because Adelaide is a great city to live in and visit, but also because it presents an excellent opportunity for us to share some of Carer Support’s most recent key initiatives. There are plenty of other enlightening sessions from which to choose throughout the duration of the Conference.
On Wednesday at 2:00pm, Carer Support will be running its newly released, stand-alone “Caring in the Aboriginal Community” training session to a limited group of 40 conference attendees. This learning package is now available to community agencies in South Australia who work with Aboriginal carers. It has been developed by Carer Support and the State Government of South Australia with the aim of educating community agencies and support workers about the various roles of, and issues faced by, Aboriginal family members who are unpaid carers for relatives or friends with mental illness, disability, complex health issues or issues related to ageing.
Carer Support will also be doing a poster presentation on Wednesday at 1:15pm to share the successful outcomes of our Glandore Carer Garden project. Carer Support’s Carer Garden was launched in November 2015 as a project to make use of an otherwise bare space at the rear of the centre. We now have a thriving garden managed by volunteer carers with the enthusiastic support of a carer garden group and staff of the centre. The poster, which will be on display, demonstrates the dynamic and collaborative partnerships between Carer Support, local business, community agencies, and carers, who have all contributed to this wonderful initiative.
And last, but certainly not least, two young carers from our Raw Energy program will be speaking at 11:30am on Thursday morning about their experiences with Raw Energy and the Inside Out retreat. These young carers have attended every Inside Out retreat, from its inauguration in 2013 to the most recent of the retreats, and they will tell the audience about their caring roles, about their involvement with Raw Energy and about their “Inside” and “Outside” retreat experiences and how these experiences have made a difference to their lives.
It’s not too late to register and get along to the conference to benefit from all the great content on offer. Visit the website for more conference details.