- Celebrations commence for National Carers Week (October 10-16)
- Over 320,000 Western Australians provide unpaid care for a family member or friend
- McGowan Government provides more than $1 million a year in funding to Carers WA
Today marks the start of National Carers Week (October 10-16) which recognises the vital role carers play in supporting loved ones.
The National campaign theme for 2021 is focused on 'Millions of Reasons to Care' in acknowledgement of the estimated 2.65 million people across the country who provide unpaid care and support for a family member or friend. In Western Australia, that includes more than 320,000 people providing primary and non-primary care.
In supporting WA carers, the McGowan Government provides more than $1 million each year to Carers WA to deliver carer support services and programs including counselling and training, social support, advice, respite, employment, and engagement activities.
As part of the 2021 National Carers Week celebrations in WA, the Yagan Square digital tower will air videos on the big screen each day throughout Carers Week, to highlight the stories, experiences and achievements of WA carers.
Notable city landmarks such as the Perth Bell Tower, Optus Stadium, Matagarup Bridge and the East Perth Power Station will all be emblazoned in the campaign colour of aqua blue, to assist in raising public awareness.
A wide range of public celebrations are being supported through Carers WA and can be viewed online.
Western Australians are being encouraged to join in the fun via social media, with the public asked to show their support for unpaid carers by posting photos with the sign #ShareYouCare
Further details on the national campaign can be found on the National Carers webpage.
Comments attributed to Community Services Minister Simone McGurk:
"Carers provide love, compassion, empathy and support for family members and friends in need. We all know someone close to us who provides unpaid care or assistance to a loved one.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has magnified the importance of unpaid carers like never before and it's vital we all take the time to appreciate and acknowledge their influence.
"The McGowan Government recognises the contribution of carers and thanks them for their service. We are committed to supporting carers and carer recognition to ensure that appropriate services and supports are readily available.
"I would also like to acknowledge the support and guidance provided by the Carers Advisory Council, who provide valuable advice regarding the needs of carers in WA."
Minister's office - 6552 6600