Carer Wellbeing and Connection

Carer Wellbeing and Connection

Carers Victoria is running a five-week online therapeutic program to promote a deeper understanding of connectedness and personal wellbeing.

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:

“I feel relieved, I’m not so different from others, and hopeful as I have found a group where I can express myself without being judged.”

“I'm grateful for the opportunity & thank you for being so helpful. It not only helped me to connect with myself more but also with others. Stable steps toward my wellbeing goals."

 

Program details and eligibility

To participate you must:

  • Be a carer;
  • Have a willingness to attend all 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.

 

Registrations now open for September and October 2022 groups

 

Group A - FULL

Beginning 18 July 2022
Four Monday evening sessions
+ follow-up session

6.30pm – 8.00pm
FREE online five-week program
via Zoom

Group B - FULL

Beginning 19 July 2022
Four Tuesday morning sessions
+ follow-up session

10.30am – 12.00pm
FREE online five-week program
via Zoom


Group C - FULL

Beginning 19 July 2022
Four Tuesday afternoon sessions
+ follow-up session

1.30pm – 3.00pm
FREE online five-week program
via Zoom

Group D - FULL

Beginning 20 July 2022
Four Wednesday evening sessions
+ follow-up session

6.30pm – 8.00pm
FREE online five-week program
via Zoom


All participants from groups A, B, C and D are invited to attend a follow-up session on:
Wednesday 24 August 2022 from 6.30pm – 8.00pm.


For more information

To find out more information please email us intouch@carersvictoria.org.au

 

Research

The program is being evaluated by our partner, The University of Melbourne. Involvement in the evaluation is voluntary and further information will be provided to you upon registration to the program. All information provided will be confidential and stored and used in accordance with the Privacy Act 2017.