During the past year, community education activities contributed over 4000 hours of engagement to over 2000 individuals across the metropolitan region. In addition to this, UnitingCare Wesley Bowden (UCWB) we have delivered over 5000 funded services to individuals who require assistance with their caring role.
Within our community, carers are often the ones most overlooked when it comes to community wellbeing. They are the ones caring for a frail aged person or a person with a physical disability, dementia, mental health problems or a debilitating illness.
With the introduction of major changes including consumer choice in aged care and disability services, the Community Support team at UCWB invited carers in the community to come together to explain the changes, and the support services that UCWB can provide to them.
“By having these events, and conveying a sense of community, it reinforces the message that you are not alone and that there is help when you need it.”Melanie Dancer, UCWB Business Manager, Community Support Services
More than 380 people, including 200 registered carers, attended events held by UCWB in March 2017 at the Palais Hotel in Semaphore and the Adelaide Zoo.
UCWB Business Manager, Community Support Services, Melanie Dancer, said that high among community concerns were questions about the new aged care packages and NDIS accessibility.
“It was the first time many of the carers could meet people in similar circumstances to themselves, and where they could compare notes about these issues, or simply have some time out,” Melanie says.
“By having these events, and conveying a sense of community, it reinforces the message that you are not alone and that there is help when you need it.”
Melanie’s team also partnered with Carer Support to produce videos funded by the Australian Government which tell personal stories of those who care for people with dementia. (link to video: http://facingdementiatogether.com.au/stories/)
UCWB offers a range of services including giving carers a break in or out of their own homes, transport, domestic assistance, personal or financial counselling, access to social or recreational activities, advocacy, and information and referral to other services if needed.
Melanie says UCWB also provides a Young Carers Program to assist younger people to assist them to continue to attend school and/or transition to further education.