Celebrating Carers Week

19-Sep-2013 2:00 PM

Did you know 1 in 8 Australians is in a caring role? Two Shepparton organisations are hosting a free community event at Shepparton’s Queens Gardens on Monday, October 14 from 11am to 2pm to celebrate Carers Week 2013.

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Villa Maria Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre in partnership with FamilyCare will provide a BBQ lunch and fantastic entertainment for carers and community members of all ages including tai chi, African drumming, art and craft demonstrations, hand massages, face painting and more.

Carers Week (October 13-19) celebrates and recognises the often un-sung role of carers within the community.  Carers come from all walks of life, cultures, and religions – they could be a young person caring for a parent with a disability, an older person caring for a spouse living with dementia, or a friend caring for a neighbour who has a mental illness.

Villa Maria and FamilyCare provide vital support to more than 1300 carers across the wider Shepparton region, including emotional support and counselling, social opportunities, training and education to help with the caring role, respite services, home care and meal delivery.  Carers living in regional areas can face particularly significant challenges, including feelings of isolation and loneliness.

FamilyCare Acting Manager of Carer Support Services Katie Millen said many carers did not recognise themselves as being in a caring role.

“They will often tell us, ‘I’m just a wife, husband or mother’.  The caring role can develop over time or happen suddenly, and while it can be challenging, most carers report there are also many rewards.”

Villa Maria Community Engagement Worker Michael Proby-Aughey described carers as “remarkable people”.

“Day in and day out they engage in a selfless labor of taking care of others. There are no days off, no pay, little recognition and rarely a sick day or holiday.  Celebrations such as Carers Week aim to show carers that what they do is noticed and extremely valued by the community.”

To register your interest in attending this event, or if you would like more information about supports available, please contact either FamilyCare Carer Support Services on 58237081 or Villa Maria on 1800 052 222.


Interviews and photograph opportunities are available upon request.

Media enquiries: call Cassie Zlonzak on (03) 9855 7729 or 0406 382 560.


About Villa Maria     

Villa Maria is a values–based, not-for-profit organisation providing quality services and life enhancing opportunities for older people and children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.Established in 1907 as the Catholic Braille Writers Association, Villa Maria has grown to become one of Victoria’s largest not-for-profit providers of disability, education and senior services with more than 60 programs supporting 5,000 people across the state and southern New South Wales.Every day of the year, 1,200 staff and 300+ volunteers respond to the unique needs of the people and families we support with openness, innovation, creativity and flexibility.

About FamilyCare

FamilyCare is a dynamic non-government, not-for-profit organisation offering family services, carer and disability support services to families and young people in Shepparton, Seymour, Cobram, Kinglake, Wallan and surrounding districts.
We have been providing these services to people in the Goulburn Valley since 1984.
FamilyCare works in partnership with the community, reflecting best practice by assisting families and individuals to enhance their strengths throughout their lives, through the provision of responsive and proactive services.

Media contact

Cassie Zlonzak
Communications Adviser


Telephone: 03 9837 6629

Fax: 03 9837 6668

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Villa Maria is a not-for-profit, values-based organisation providing quality services and life enhancing opportunities for older people and children and adults with a disability, their families and carers.

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