Emma Garton, Queensland Council of Social Service

This year Carers Queensland will show carers they count by celebrating their contribution and dedication to the care of others at local events around the state, during National Carers Week.

The week provides an opportunity for local communities to raise awareness, from 15 to 21 October 2017, by rounding up workmates, friends and family to put on social events that draw attention to who carers are, what they do and how they can access services and supports.

Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, or frailty.

There are 2.7 million carers in Australia and one in 10 are under the age of 25. The replacement value of unpaid care in 2015 was worth over $1 billion per week.

It is estimated that in 2015 there were 473,400 Queenslanders who provided unpaid care for at least six months to a loved one with a disability, a long-term health condition, or frailty. That means approximately one in 10 Queenslanders (10.2%) identified as carers.

The passion they have for providing care often means carers find it hard to take time out.

Show your support for Queensland carers by hosting or participating in National Carers Week events.

Events can provide an opportunity for carers to take that time out, whilst also informing friends and colleagues of the support services available and encouraging greater appreciation of carers contribution.

Local community events are taking many forms, including:

  • Food events like a bake sale, morning and afternoon tea, lunches and classic sausage sizzles
  • Trivia nights, movie nights, karaoke nights or pyjama day at workplaces are popping up nationwide.

Lunch events around Queensland are happening during the week in Charters Towers, Ingham, Ayr, Manunda, Townsville, Gulliver, Charleville and Mount Isa. Morning tea parties will also be happening in Port Douglas, Biloela, Rockhampton, Yeppoon and Gladstone.

You can register your event on the official National Carers Week website to help get the word out. If you would rather participate in an event then find out about what’s happening around Queensland.

Lastly, you can get involved by taking photos of the events and activities you attend and post them to social media tagging #Carers17 and @CarersAustralia

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