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Support for carers

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data from 2021, there are over 17,000 unpaid carers in Knox.

There are a range of support services, activities, training and events available.

Who are carers?

A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to family members or a friend.

Carers provide unpaid care to people who are:

  • living with a disability 
  • frail aged
  • living with mental illness
  • living with an ongoing medical condition.

Activities for carers

We offer carers a range of activities including:

  • webinars 
  • information nights
  • exercise programs
  • support groups.

Find out more below.

Knox carers exercise group

The Knox carers exercise group is a 1 hour flow and tone class. The class is a mix of tai chi, pilates and yoga, and concludes with 5 to 10 minutes of guided relaxation.

Classes are free for carers and beginners are welcome.

Location

The carers exercise group takes place at Knox Leisureworks, located at 35 Tormore Road in Boronia.

Dates for 2022

The group currently meets on Wednesdays at 12:30 pm.

Term 4 runs for 10 weeks, from Wednesday 5 October to Wednesday 15 December 2022.

Bookings are essential. Please contact Belinda Carney on belinda.carney@knox.vic.gov.au or 9298 8000.

Online exercise class

The Knox carers online exercise group takes place every Monday from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm.

The sessions are run by a qualified trainer on Zoom.

Attendance is free.

All fitness levels are welcome. You can participate at a pace that suits you.

Bookings are essential. Please contact Belinda Carney on belinda.carney@knox.vic.gov.au or 9298 8000.

Pathways for carers Knox walk

The Pathways for Carers project offers carers of people with a disability or mental illness an opportunity to share walks together and learn about news, services and supports available.

We are joined on the walk by guests from local organisations. Stay after the walk for a free coffee.

Location

We meet at The Butlers Pantry located in Wellington Village Shopping Centre, 4/1090 Wellington Road in Rowville.

The walk takes place along Liberty Avenue Reserve, starting at Braeburn Avenue in Rowville.

Dates for 2022

The walking group takes place on the 4th Monday of each month at 9:30 am. 

  • Monday 24 January
  • Monday 28 February
  • Monday 28 March
  • Monday 23 May
  • Monday 27 June
  • Monday 25 July
  • Monday 22 August
  • Monday 26 September
  • Monday 24 October
  • Monday 28 November.

For more information:

Autism family swim nights

Family swim nights for children with Autism (ASD) are taking place at Knox Leisureworks.

The cost is $10 per person which includes entry to the pool and a BBQ dinner.

These swim nights are funded by a Knox City Council community development grant and are facilitated by Different Journeys.

Book now

Location

The swim nights take place at Knox Leisureworks, located at 35 Tormore Rd, Boronia.

Dates for 2022

  • Sunday 2 October, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Sunday 6 November, 6 pm to 8 pm
  • Sunday 4 December, 6 pm to 8 pm
BPD carers support group

This support group is for carers of people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in the Outer Eastern area.

The group may help to:

  • overcome feelings of stigma and isolation
  • find out about services and resources 
  • provide respite and support
  • learn through sharing ideas and gaining insights.

Location

The support group meets at Coonara House, located at 22 Willow Road in Upper Ferntree Gully.

Dates for 2022

Meetings are held on the third Monday of each month from 1 pm to 3 pm.

  • Monday 17 January
  • Monday 21 February
  • Monday 21 March
  • Monday 16 May
  • Monday 20 June
  • Monday 18 July
  • Monday 15 August
  • Monday 19 September
  • Monday 17 October
  • Monday 21 November.

For more information:

Contact David Neef from EACH on 0408 981 206 or dneef@each.com.au

National Carers Week

National Carers Week runs from 16 to 22 October 2022.

See the Carers Week event calendar

Carer Gateway

The Carer Gateway is an Australian Government initiative to help carers connect to services in their local area.

It provides a single point of entry to have their needs assessed and be referred to supports in their region such as in-person counselling, coaching and peer support.

Call the Carer Gateway on 1800 514 845 or visit www.carergateway.gov.au for more information.

Other resources

Call Beyond Blue on 1300 22 4636 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) to talk to a mental health professional.

You can also access the following support services:

Accessing Knox e-newsletter

Our Accessing Knox e-newsletter provides information, services and support for people with a disability, their families and carers in Knox.

Subscribe to our e-newsletter

Carer allowances

You may be eligible for an allowance or payments. Visit the Services Australia website for more information.

Carer and companion cards

The Carer card gives unpaid primary carers in Victoria benefits and discounts on a range of products and services.

If the person you care for isn’t able to go to community activities and venues without your support, you can use a companion card to book or buy tickets. The card will get you a free ticket for the activity or venue.

Advice and support

Support is available at Knox City Council. You can call us on 9298 8000 and ask to speak to the Disability Team for further information and resources.

Need help?

Contact us and we will come back to you.

Or call our Disability Team on 9298 8000.

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