Carer Support Groups allow carers to share experiences and knowledge, and gain and offer support to one another in emotional, social or practical ways.
Research by Carers NSW has shown that carers consider Carer Support Groups to be a good source of emotional support and information. Carers value the opinions and experiences of other carers.
These groups can also reduce the social isolation of carers, who can feel they are the only person in that situation. It is often a relief for a carer to realise they are not alone.
Carer Support Groups take many forms and reflect the needs and interests of carers.
Examples of Carer Support Groups include:
- Walking groups
- Coffee groups
- Men’s groups
- Young carers groups
- Organised meetings at a specific venue to hear from speakers
- Daughters caring for elderly parents with a disability or illness
- Carers in a specific region
Carer Support Groups may be informal get togethers or may be auspiced by or affiliated with organisations such as a Neighbourhood House or a Community Health Organisation.
Organisations that work with people with specific health conditionsoften also auspice or facilitate Carer Support Groups. For example Dementia Australia, Amaze and Tandem.
For a comprehensive list of Carer Support Groups visit the Carers Victoria Carer Support Group Directory.
Carer Support Groups can also add themselves to the Directory.
The Carer Gateway offers another type of Carer Support Group via online chat groups. Carers can come in and out as it suits them and find support sharing and talking about their experiences. This can often be a good first step to seeking a regular Carer Support Group. Click here to find out more.