Improving support and information for carers

Carers can find it very difficult to find information and services. This is the case for 60% of new carers, and 45% (nearly half) of experienced carers.thumb-the-burden

Launched during Carers Week, a partnership between Carers Victoria and State Trustees will improve the provision of information and services to all of their respective clients.

‘We are delighted to announce the partnership with State Trustees. Having State Trustees join us as a partner of our ‘Carers ID e-referral programme, will ensure more carers receive the support they need’, said Caroline Mulcahy CEO of Carers Victoria.

‘Furthermore, State Trustees and Carers Victoria will  develop and deliver a coordinated learning program to their staff, which will enable employees from each organisation to identify and assist clients and carers to access opportunities available from the respective partner’, said Caroline Mulcahy.

CEO of State Trustees, Craig Dent said, ‘Through our financial administration, deceased estate administration and private trustee services, State Trustees has relationships with thousands of carers throughout Victoria,’ Mr Dent said.

‘This partnership will help State Trustees to refer carers through to the many valuable support services and resources provided by Carers Victoria and help carers find out about the many ways State Trustees can help ease the load for carers.

As an added bonus, our close proximity to Carers Victoria allows State Trustees to further strengthen the bonds of the community and support in Melbourne’s West after relocating our head office to Footscray in July’ said Mr Dent.

Carers Victoria is the state wide voice for unpaid carers – creating awareness of carers’ needs and issues, through research and policy submissions and representation at the State and Federal level of Government.

Carers Victoria also provides information through education and training for carer support groups and interested parties, support to carers via the free Carer Advisory Line, support and respite programs for carers in Melbourne’s west, and counselling sessions through the Footscray offices, over the phone or via more than 100 contracted counsellors across the state. For support call 1800 242 636.