ON 26 October, Samaritans Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay ‘Grandparents as Parents’ groups hosted a special lunch in celebration of Carers Week 2018.
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The event was held at the Macadamia Nut Farm in Medowie with grandparent and kinship carers from the region attending on the day.
Program Coordinator, Heather Robinson, said, “Samaritans Raymond Terrace group has been running for 11 years and this celebration will also recognise this achievement.”
“The long-service of these group has offered a significant amount of support to carers in Port Stephens who have found themselves caring for their grandchildren or relatives,” she said.
“Carers Week is also a great opportunity to think about how you might be able to support a carer in your life- perhaps it’s sharing a cup of coffee, a phone call or you might consider becoming a facilitator to support one of our support groups,” Heather said.
Samaritans Grandparents as Parents groups are currently seeking additional volunteers to assist in the facilitation of community groups to provide a welcoming space for sharing information, lots of laughs and support to Kinship Carers.
“Becoming a full-time carer to your grandchildren or kin can be very unexpected and overwhelming. These groups provide an open and non-judgmental space for people to come together, share a cup of tea and a chat with people who understand the challenges they are facing. This event is one such way that we can provide support,” Heather said.
Samaritans Raymond Terrace Grandparents as Parents group meets every Friday at Raymond Terrace Anglican Church and continues to welcome new and old members who can find out more from Samaritans website.
This year’s Carers Week event has been made possible thanks to a grant from Carers NSW.