NSW celebrates 850,000 carers
The NSW Government thanks the more than 850,000 carers across NSW for their significant work as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of National Carers Week.
Minister for Families and Communities and Minister for Disability Services Natasha Maclaren-Jones said National Carers Week is an opportunity to recognise the crucial support that carers provide and to thank them for their contribution to our community.
“This year’s theme ‘Millions of Reasons to Care’ is a testament to the endless hours of support NSW carers provide,” Mrs Maclaren-Jones said.
“Caring for a loved one takes unimaginable dedication and patience and this is a week to highlight the vital work they do.
“These selfless individuals in our community don’t look for thanks and praise but their incredible efforts need to be celebrated.”
In NSW, carers provide help to people with disability, mental illness, chronic illness, frail age, dementia or drug and alcohol dependency. Almost 80,000 carers are young people 25 years or younger.
NSW carer Levina provides care and support for her younger brother.
“My little brother has autism and is non-verbal. I’ve basically been his carer all his life. There are some tough moments but nothing brings me more joy than seeing him live his life to the fullest – happy, healthy and thriving. He’s my best friend,” Levina said.
“Carers should know they’re not alone. There are so many of us out there who are in the same boat as you. Just remember your wellbeing is as important as the person you care for.”
The NSW Government has committed $4.9 million to support carers as part of the NSW Carers Strategy 2020-2030.
Support is available through the Carers Gateway or call 1800 422 737.
National Carers Week runs from Sunday 16 to Saturday 22 October 2022.