Ageing, Disability & Home Care

Easing the pressure on families and carers: $3 million investment in flexible respite

31 August 2012

The NSW Government will deliver an extra 375 flexible respite places for people with disability thanks to a $3 million injection of funding, which will help ease the pressure on families and carers across the state.

Minister for Disability Services Andrew Constance said the funding will be targeted to those in immediate need.

"Carers make enormous sacrifices for their loved ones and the NSW Government is committed to supporting them by ensuring the appropriate supports are in place," Mr Constance said.

"Not only will this investment give carers a well-earned break, it will improve the lives of people with disability, allowing them to take part in a range of social and recreational programs through their service providers."

"Building the capacity of local communities and developing a more inclusive society are positive steps towards meeting the existing unmet need of the families we support," Mr Constance said.

"Carers are best able to have a break when they know that the person they care for is enjoying activities of their choosing and building their own social and community connections."

Investment in respite forms part of the NSW Government’s commitment under Stronger Together 2, the largest increase in funding for disability services in the state's history.

Stronger Together 2 is committed to providing flexible respite options that are person-centred and that maximise social inclusion through delivering new recreation and leisure focused respite options.

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