A FREE online five-week program for carers by Carers Victoria
We know that people who provide care for a loved one often experience loneliness and can feel isolated. The challenges of COVID-19 have only made this more difficult. If this sounds familiar, this program may be right for you.
Carers Victoria, supported by North Western Melbourne Primary Health Network, has developed a five-week online program called Carer Wellbeing and Connection. This program has been co-designed with carers, to help you build the confidence and strength to address some of the challenges that carers face.
The program runs over four consecutive weeks with a fifth follow up session held two weeks later. It consists of a series of online therapeutic group sessions of approximately 90-minutes that will help you better understand connectedness and personal wellbeing. The sessions are facilitated by an experienced mental health professional and group numbers will be kept small to maintain a safe and supportive environment.
The University of Melbourne evaluated the Carer Wellbeing and Connection program throughout 2020–21, the results of which showed a significant decrease in participants’ psychological distress (as scored by the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale K10+).
Carers who participated in the program have said:
Program details and eligibility
To participate you must:
- Be a carer;
- Have a willingness to attend all five sessions; as groups are small;
- Have the ability to attend online (i.e., have a computer with audio/camera and internet connection). Programs are delivered utilising online platform Zoom.
- Proficiency in English
- Have not completed the program before
Priority given to carers living in North Western Metropolitan region of Melbourne, including the following local government areas: Brimbank, Darebin, Hobsons Bay, Hume, Wyndham, Macedon Ranges, Maribyrnong, Melbourne, Melton, Moonee Valley, Moorabool, Moreland and Yarra.