There are over 2.7 million family and friend carers in Australia providing 36 million hours of care and support every week to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.
In the Blue Mountains alone there are 8718 carers (13% of population) providing unpaid assistance to a person with disability, long term illness or old age (2016 Census).
For many, caring is a 24 hour-a-day job with emotional, physical and financial impacts that can also affect their participation in employment, education and community activities. Anyone can become a carer.
National Carers Week is an opportunity to educate and raise awareness among our Blue Mountains community about the diversity of carers and their caring roles.
To acknowledge and celebrate the valuable roles carers play in our Blue Mountains community, a range of activities will be running between the 9 - 25 October.
You can download a copy of the program below.
For further information on the activities available contact Council's Aged and Disability Services Development Officer on 4780 5000.