The Andrews Government is ensuring Victorian carers have the support they need to stay heathy as they care for some of the state’s most vulnerable community members.
The second round of the $572,000 Supporting Carers Locally Grants Program are now open increasing support of carer health and wellbeing.
Grants of $20,000 to $40,000 are available for local community organisations to increase opportunities for carers to be physically and mentally healthy and boost social connectivity for carers with family, friends, other carers and their local community.
“We’re making it easier for carers to access the services they need to look after themselves and make sure they’re supported in their caring role,” Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan, said.
“We want carers in all parts of Victoria to be happy and healthy, with support in their community and the opportunity to connect with others – that’s why this funding is so vital.”
Across Victoria, more than 736,000 carers give their time and effort to look after a family member or friend who needs them.
Unpaid carers support people with different care needs including people with chronic disease, mental illness, people with a disability, older people with care needs and those receiving end-of-life or palliative care.
The recent Mental Health Royal Commission final report identified the importance of supporting the mental health of carers as a key focus.
The final report of the Royal Commission into Victoria’s Mental Health System identified the importance of the role of carers and of involving and supporting them.
Giving carers the support they need is a key priority of the Victorian Carer Strategy 2018-22 – the first whole-of-government strategy recognising carers.
Parliamentary Secretary for Carers and Volunteers Anthony Carbines said the funding will make a real difference for many carers – supporting them in the vital role they play in their community.
“We know it’s hard to maintain your own physical and mental health when you’re dedicating so much or yourself
caring for others – that’s why we are helping local organisations support our carers,” he said.
The grants program is part of a nearly $50 million Government investment for extra respite, transport concessions and grants for local carer groups.
Applications close on Saturday, April 24. Click here for more information.