Online events during National Carers Week

 

National Carers Week is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate family and friends who are providing care and support for someone with mental health issues.

National Carers Week runs from Sunday 10 to Saturday 16 October 2021.

This year’s theme is ‘Millions of Reasons to Care’ which aims to bring attention to the 2.65 million unpaid carers around the country, and provide an authentic picture of caring in Australia. 

All events this year are online and free, though most require registration.

 

What’s on

 

Monday 11 October 

4.15-5.45pm

Celebrate the launch of National Carers Week 2021 with Celebrating Truly Incredible Carers

Find out more about the Carer Gateway, meet Carers Victoria’s new CEO Judith Abbott, and laugh with comedian Georgie Carroll, known for her roles on The Project, Have You Been Paying Attention and Talkin’ Bout Your Gen.

All attendees go in the draw to win some great prizes, including an iPad and Disney Plus subscriptions.

Wednesday 13 October

10am-12pm

Satellite Foundation graduate Renae Flanigan will be presenting strategies and information for families as part of the Mental Health Carers Information Session, together with Alfred Carers, Voices Vic and BPD community. Contact [email protected] or [email protected] for more information.

4.30-5.30pm

Celebrate the Little Wins during this webinar with Carers Victoria to acknowledge and celebrate carer achievements, no matter how big or small. With a panel of carers discussing their individual ‘wins’, we invite you to also share your personal stories.
 

From 5pm

Carers and the Workplace: Featuring Minister for Families and Social Services, Senator Anne Ruston, Kaylene Zakharoff and more, this webinar will discuss resources and tools to help carers in the workplace.

This webinar will be livestreamed on the Carers Australia Facebook Page.

Thursday 14 October

11am-1pm

This year, the Stonnington Carers Forum is coming to your lounge room! This online presentation from Little Dreamers and Carers Victoria will include tips and tricks to recharge and add to your self-care suitcase, a fun quiz and laughter yoga. Plus all attendees will receive a digital care pack!

Founder and CEO of Little Dreamers Madeleine Buchner OAM who grew up as a young carer will deliver a session providing information to support young carers in navigating their journey.

Carers Victoria’s Jennifer Daddow will focus on the complexities of dementia and how to look after yourself while looking after a person with dementia.

6pm – 8.30pm

Little Dreamers is celebrating Carers Week 2021 by showcasing the incredible and diverse talents of young carers in their annual Virtual Young Carer Talent Show!

 

Activities for kids


Free activities


Activities with a cost involved


  • Help Squishy Taylor solve the mystery of the City-Wide Ghost Plague! Ghosts are appearing across the city and Squishy Taylor, 11-year-old ninja-spy and super-sleuth, is hot on their trail. But Squishy urgently needs your assistance! Follow the clues, solve the puzzles and help Squishy unravel the secret behind these phantom visions. Squishy Taylor and the City-Wide Ghost Plague is inspired by Ailsa Wild’s much-loved Squishy Taylor junior fiction book series. Undertaken from the comfort of your home, it is the perfect school holiday activity to keep your family entertained. Each time you successfully complete a puzzle, you’ll unlock the next chapter and get one step closer to solving the mystery of the ghost plague. It runs from 30 September-17 October and is recommended for ages 7+ ($25-45).

  • Go on a ‘virtual school holiday camp’ at Melbourne’s SEA LIFE Aquarium ($49-$75, booking required).