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National Carers Week

2016-10-21

National Carers Week is an annual celebration and acknowledgement of the generous contribution unpaid carers make to our community.

Anyone can become a carer, and most people will either be a carer or require care at some point in their lives.

Across Australia, it is estimated that there are more than 2.8 million unpaid carers, and their caring role is valued at more than $60 billion each year.

National Carers Week is an opportunity to learn more about carers and raise awareness of the important role carers play in our community, supporting some of the most vulnerable people in our state.

Recently, Carers SA was successful in a grant application from the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion for $48,000 to pilot a program to improve and measure the wellbeing and resilience of young carers.

An afternoon tea is being held in Seaton today, organised by Carers SA to celebrate Carers Week with South Australian carers, families and the people they care for.

For more information about National Carers Week visit www.carersweek.com.au.

Background

The State Government provides more than $2.9 million in funding each year to carer organisations for services including respite, advocacy and counselling.

Funding includes $100,000 for Carers SA to support carer organisations in South Australia with research, advice, advocacy and information.

Minister for Volunteers, Zoe Bettison said:

During National Carers Week, we thank carers for their valuable contribution to families, communities and the economy.

There are more than 2.8 million unpaid carers across Australia, contributing care valued at more than $60 billion each year.

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