Help is available for Carers in the Redlands area.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that there are 2.7 million people caring for others in Australia. Redlands has its share of carers.

“The Donald Simpson Centre has been funded by Brisbane South PHN (Primary Health Network) to implement a Weavers Program through recruiting those with personal caring experience to undergo training to provide individual support to carers,” said Paul Barnes, the Local Connector for the Weavers Program.

Mr Barnes said that the name “Weavers” was chosen by carers to indicate the network of support that can be created for carers through this program all of which is voluntary and provided on a one-to-one basis. “We know that carers experience issues such as depression, mental fatigue, anxiety and frustration. Talking to someone one-to-one from the Weavers will help them realise they are not alone and can find solutions to the problems they are facing,”

 GET support: caring can be tough. Weavers provide support along the caring journey and walk alongside carers to provide one-on-one support around what would be most helpful.

 GIVE support: be part of Weavers and use your unique caring experience to become a mentor who understands the challenges of caring to support others.

Weavers are those who have cared for a family member or friend previously or are still caring for someone and who can meet individually with carers needing support to provide helpful advice.  Such advice can be from personal experience and can include information on where further assistance and advice can be obtained.

Mr Barnes said that he is eager to hear from experienced carers who are willing to join the program and become Weavers. His contact details are: mobile – 0477 314 366; through the Donald Simpson Centre – 3821 1089; or by email at paul@donaldsimpsoncentre.com