Help at hand for carers

City of Wanneroo community development officer Elenie Kolitsis, Independent Living Centre WA service co-ordinator Jane Trigg and Satterley Community development co-ordinator Amy Blundell. Picture: Emma Reeves d416813
City of Wanneroo community development officer Elenie Kolitsis, Independent Living Centre WA service co-ordinator Jane Trigg and Satterley Community development co-ordinator Amy Blundell. Picture: Emma Reeves d416813

The Independent Living Centre (ILC), City of Wanneroo and Satterley Property Group will host the Carers Community Expo on Thursday, April 3.

ILC executive director Gerri Clay said with the number of Australians providing care at more than 2.5 million and growing, it was important that carers are aware of the support that is available to enable them to continue in their carer role.

‘Many carers are tired, need a break, don’t look after themselves properly, may struggle financially and often feel isolated,’ Ms Clay said.

‘It’s important that carers get the assistance they need to be able to sustain their caring responsibilities, maintain their health and wellbeing and participate in family, social and community life, employment and education.

‘The Independent Living Centre provides services for carers on a daily basis and the aim of this expo is to make people more aware of the range of carer services available not only through the ILC but also through other organisations in the north metropolitan area.’

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts will open the event, which will feature exhibits by 30 local organisations and give carers opportunities to socialise with their peers over refreshments.