Held annually in the third week in October, National Carers Week recognises and celebrates carers within our community, increases public awareness of the valuable role of carers and the issues affecting them.
Throughout the Week, Carers NT host events which provide a platform to highlight the significant, but often unheard, roles of carers, an opportunity to recognise achievements of carers in the Northern Territory and promote services available to Carers.
Carers Week 2018 was held from Sunday 14 to Saturday 20 October 2018.
With an estimated 30,000 carers in the Northern Territory, nearly everyone knows someone who’s a carer or relies on one, and it’s inevitable that each of us will be a carer at some stage of our life.
This year for National Carers Week, Carers NT saw over 2,000 people participate in a range of events aimed at creating greater awareness about who carers are, what they do and how valuable their contribution is to our society.
Over 22 events were hosted by Carers NT and other service providers across Darwin, Katherine, Alice Springs and Ramingining. These events provided an opportunity to share the Carers’ message and build understanding of the issues carers face and the support available to them.
Simultaneous Family Fun Days on Sunday Oct 14 in Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs at the water parks and aquatic centres.
Participation by the Bendigo Bank Northern Territory branches at Darwin, Nightcliff, Coolalinga, Katherine and Alice Springs who promoted Carers Week by way of putting up posters, handing out buttons and wearing Carers Week T- Shirts in the branches. The Katherine Bendigo Branch also provided the BBQ at the Katherine Family Fun Day.
The Carer Friendly Business Awards 2018 at Parliament House
In Katherine, Kalano Flexible Care hosted a very successful Morning Tea.
In Alice Springs, Dementia Australia hosted a lunch at the Gillen Club while Purple House, Western Desert Dialysis, invited carers and their extended family to enjoy a BBQ and free haircuts.
Special thanks goes out to everyone who supported and sponsored events as well as the broader community for showing you care for a carer.