You are not alone
Carers can feel isolated and disconnected from the rest of the community. But you need not feel alone.
What is a carer support group?
A carer support group is a group of carers just like you, who come together on a regular basis to talk about what it’s like caring for a family member or a close friend.
The idea is to:
- have some time out from caring while engaging in social and recreational activities
- share experiences and ideas about looking after someone
- make new friends
- get practical and emotional support
- build resilience and coping skills
- learn about what help and services are available to you.
As a carer, you have different needs from the person you are helping. Talking with other carers at a support group often helps you to see that your needs are just as important as those of the person you are caring for.
What kinds of groups are available?
There is a network of carer support groups across NSW.
There are support groups for parents, families and peers for different ages and types of disabilities.
Playgroups are one type of peer support group.
There are carer support groups for women only where you can talk about things that interest you. There are also groups for men.
There are groups for Aboriginal people and for people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
The key is to look for a group that suits your style, and which gives you a sense of belonging and being supported.
How do I get in touch with a local support group?
The Carers NSW website has a list of carer support groups by region in NSW or you can call them on 1800 242 636 for details.
Contact the Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre on 1800 052 222 for details of any additional carer support groups they may support. They will also help you organise respite care and transport if required so you can attend a support group.
You can also contact the disability association that supports the person you care for, such as Stroke Recovery Association, Autism Association, Mental Health Association etc, to find out if they organise any carer support groups.