Thank you for caring

This National Carers Week and we want to mark its significance by raising awareness of the tireless efforts of unpaid carers, and to thank them for their huge contribution.

Thank you for all that you do.

We at Carer Support are one of many organisations who provide services to carers of all ages and backgrounds, including activities and much-needed breaks, so that they get to socialise with people who are in the same boat as them and understand what they're going through.

Being a carer can be taxing both physically and mentally on the individual. It requires a lot of time and energy and can take a huge toll on a carer's own health, family life, financial means and their plans for the future. The likelihood of any of us becoming a carer to a loved one at some point in time is extremely high – particularly given our ageing population.

According to the Australian Fair Work Act, the average full time employee is only entitled to ten days paid carers leave. For younger people, carers can end up missing school, having no time to complete their homework, feel distracted during lessons and miss out on beneficial our-of-hours activities and other typical rites of passage of teenage life. We see that young carers suffer from low self esteem, fear, worry, sadness, anger, resentment and guilt and some feel cheated of their youth.

This National Carers Week (14-20 October) provides an opportunity to spread the word that there is help out there, and to share your caring stories.

Thank you for all that you do.

And click here to share your caring story or read stories submitted so far.