Are you caring for a son, daughter, parent or partner living with disability, dementia, frail ageing or mental illness?
To celebrate Carers Week, CCNB is hosting an uplifting Afternoon Tea with Amanda Gore – the author, award-winning speaker and joy facilitator!
Have you ever wondered how to let go of your difficulties and move forward? Or, how to get enthusiastic and enjoy your life and your role as a carer?
Amanda’s will answer these questions using her interactive and entertaining way only she can do. You will have an enlightening experience that will make you feel great. Her simple techniques and powerful messages will long be remembered.
Saturday 22nd October 2016
2.00 pm to 4.30 pm
Northbridge Golf Club, Sailors Bay Road, Northbridge
Reservations are essential.
Tickets available at: http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/afternoon-tea-with-amanda-gore-tickets-27562220343
Telephone: 1300 002 262
Don't be disappointed. Book early. Tickets are limited.
About Amanda Gore
Amanda Gore is called a ‘people whisperer’. She is a communications and performance expert, who for over 25 years has been helping people achieve results by re-connecting them to what really drives perception, attitudes, behaviour, engagement, joy and positive outcomes in life.
Her expertise is in transforming the spirit of people and cultures; changing perceptions; improving relationships and leadership; connecting and engaging people; and reframing the value of change.
Amanda blends ancient wisdom with modern science to make her presentations an experience – entertaining, engaging and using a lot of interaction and laughter. She gives practical tips and tools that you can use immediately. She blends principles in neuroscience, epigenetics, emotional intelligence and positive psychology in a way that makes people crack up, connect and leave the stress of life behind!
Read more about Amanda on her website at http://amandagore.com/.
FAQs about this event
Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?
Call CCNB on 1300 002 262 if you have any questions about attending this event.
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
There is free and accessible parking at Northbridge Golf Club.
Are there requirements or limits to enter the event?
This event will benefit those caring for a son, daughter, parent or loved one who wants to share an inspiring afternoon with other carers – and they can bring a friend!
Why is the event free?
This event is hosted by CCNB. We are a not-for-profit organisation that’s been servicing the community of Northern Sydney for more than 21 years. More about us here. We seek to support and celebrate the important and valuable role that carers have in our community. There are millions of unpaid family carers supporting their loved ones in Australia. Without carers, many people needing support would have to enter into institutional care. Our mission is to help people avoid this wherever possible. It’s time to say thank you to carers.
About Carers Week
Carers Week is a national awareness week held during October each year in Australia.
The event was established to promote and raise awareness of the valuable role that carers play in our community and to generate discussion about carer issues. Carers Week also provides an opportunity for carers to come together, support one another and share ideas and information.
This year, Carers Week is held from Sunday 16 October to Saturday 22 October 2016.
The primary objective of Carers Week is to reach and support hidden carers and aims to:
- Heighten awareness of carers in the community
- Celebrate the work of carers and encourage carers to recognise themselves as carers
- Promote an awareness of other carer services such as Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre and Commonwealth Carelink Centre
- Encourage carers to access the support and services which are available to them, and
- Support the promotion and distribution of information to carers
The focus for Carers Week 2016 will be to raise awareness of the extra role that carers take on and the contribution they make to the Australian community, and support carers to take action which positively enhances their own health and wellbeing
A direct result of raising general awareness is the self-identification of carers – ordinary Australians who find themselves in extraordinary circumstances. These people are the mums, dads, daughters, sons and other family members and friends who make sure that their loved ones maintain a quality of life despite disability, mental illness, chronic illness or frail age.
While community care is becoming more well known these days, it is becoming increasingly more important that carers understand the support that is available to them. At CCNB our role is to link them to those support networks.
Through the active participation of organisations like CCNB and carer services, we can create a high profile event that will enable us to reach more carers, and help them to gain access to the information, support and advice they need.
FACTS AND STATS ABOUT CARERS
Who Are Carers?
Carers are usually family members who provide support to children or adults who have a disability, mental illness, terminal illness, chronic condition, drug or alcohol problem, or who are frail aged. Carers can be parents, partners, siblings, friends or children of any age. Some carers are eligible for government benefits, while others are employed or have a private income. These people all provide unpaid, informal care.
What Do Carers Do?
Each care situation is different. Some carers need to assist with tasks of daily living and spend their days feeding, bathing, dressing, transferring, or administering medications. Others care for people who are fairly independent but need supervision or help with their finances and transport.
Carers also provide emotional support day in and day out for some of the most vulnerable, isolated members of our community.
How Caring Responsibilities Impact on the Carer
There are many different care situations, but most carers take on caring responsibilities because a family member or friend needs support and assistance. This can begin at the birth of a child with disabilities, it happen suddenly as the result of an accident or can develop over a number of years as a condition progresses. Most carers feel they have no choice but to be a carer and some would rather not be in the role.
Poverty – Most carers are on low incomes and have no opportunity to accumulate or preserve superannuation or any other savings – Carers and those they support often have higher living expenses, such as extra heating and laundry and other costs relating to aids, health care and transport
Health – Carers commonly attribute a range of health problems to their caring responsibilities, including physical injuries from lifting, and anxiety and depression – Carers often forego their own health checks – Many carers are chronically tired and desperately need just one night of unbroken sleep, a day off or an extended period with no caring responsibilities so they can refresh themselves and regain a sense of well being
Relationships – Caring can be rewarding and provide opportunity for personal growth and the development of new skills. Caring may also cause frustration and distress and severely impact on family relationships
Participation – Carers often forego critically important life opportunities, particularly for paid work, a career and education – Carers can also miss out on important social relationships including those associated with work, recreation and leisure pursuits, which leaves them feeling very isolated
What is the Future for Carers?
The number of people needing support in the community is growing fast. Carers are filling the growing ‘care gap’ but refuse to be taken for granted. Carers need assistance that enables them to sustain their caring responsibilities, maintain their health and well being and participate in family, social and community life, employment and education. Carers need to be able to exercise choice about their caring responsibilities.
Total Number of Carers
2.7 million Australians are providing care for family members or friends with a disability, mental illness, terminal illness, chronic condition, drug or alcohol problem or who are frail aged. This represents one in every five households. However because carers are hidden this figure is regarded as an underestimate. 28.6% (770,000) of all people providing assistance are primary carers, that is, they provide the main source of unpaid informal support.
Without carers, many people would be institutionalised and community care as we know it would cease.
What We Know About Carers
1 in 8 Australians have an unpaid caring role
70% of primary carers are female
Care is mostly for a partner (45%), child (24%), parent (20%) or sibling (4%)
In 2012 around 304,900 carers were less than 25 years old; 683,700 were aged 25 to 44 years; 1.1 million were aged 45 to 64; and 580,000 were aged 65 years and over
There are also an estimated 78,000 informal carers under the age of 15, equating to 1.7% of all Australian children aged under 15
The labour force participation rate of carers aged 15 years and over is 56.3% compared with 69.3% of non-carers
27% of primary carers have been providing care for a decade or more, and a further 7% for more than 25 years
The estimated replacement value of unpaid care provided in 2015 is $60.3 billion – over $1 billion per week, or 3.8% of Gross Domestic Product
Australian Bureau of Statistics (2012)
Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers. Deloitte Access Economics (2015)
The Economic Value of Informal Care in Australia 2015.