Information for carers

Child in wheelchair smiling at female carer 

We have collated a number of useful resources and support networks to aid caregivers in their work, as well as recognise the amazing service they are providing people with disability in Yarra.

Resources and support networks

Companion Card

The Companion Card is issued by the Victorian government to people with a significant permanent disability, who are unable to access most community activities and venues without an attendant support. We are affiliated with the Companion Card program and we allow carers entry to our leisure centres at no cost. 

Carer Card

Apply for a Carer Card to receive discounts and benefits including free public transport on Sundays.   

For young carers

Carers Victoria's Young Carer Scholarship program gives young carers attending secondary school the opportunity to be acknowledged for their contributions to their family and the community.

The program allows them to participate in school or community based activities that enhance their skills, educational achievement and abilities. It also helps them to participate more fully in their community.

Disability Support Tool-kit

This toolkit is for frontline workers who support people with disability experiencing violence and abuse. It includes resources and information. The toolkit was developed by 1800RESPECT as part of the Disability Pathways Project.

Carer Gateway program

Merri Health offers free support to un-paid carers through the Australian Government’s Carer Gateway program.

Carers can access a range of support and services to help manage their emotional health and wellbeing including coaching, counselling, emergency respite, peer support and more.

Services are free for anyone looking after a family member or friend with disability, a medical condition, mental health condition or someone who is frail due to age.

For more information or advice on the supports and services available, visit the Carer Gateway website or call 1800 422 737 Monday to Friday between 8am to 5pm.

Pathways for Carers Yarra walk

Attend our free monthly walking events to learn more about news, services and support available to carers of people with disability, mental illness or elderly people. Each walk is followed by a free morning tea.

Dates:

Monday 27 November 2023

Monday 18 December 2023

Where: Meet outside Abbotsford Convent at 1 St Hellers St, Abbotsford.

To inquire about this walk email Laurice Younge at [email protected].

Support for carers

Carers Victoria is still supporting carers with: Emotional support and service advice, telephone or online counselling sessions, in-home respite and other staffed essential services to come to your home, delivered goods and equipment, equipment that may help you through the social isolation and online supports and education.

Find out more on the Carers Victoria website.

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By calling Carer Gateway, you will be connected with a new Australia-wide network of Carer Gateway service providers. They will talk through what you need and help you to find local services and support to help you.

https://www.carergateway.gov.au/

Intopia 

Intopia conduct user research, predominantly with people with disability to ensure the digital world is accessible.  We are currently working with a research partner to improve the Victorian Travel Concession applications and are looking for 3 people who are eligible for Carers Travel Concession to take part in user feedback sessions.

 

The sessions are remote/online and will take about 1 hour and participants will be compensated for their time.  

 

This is a bit of an urgent request as the sessions are this coming Friday, 17th of November or the following Monday 20th of November.

 

I have the details in the link below and was wondering if it would be possible to share it via your Facebook page, email list or other forms of social media?

https://connect.intopia.digital/opportunities/#ConcessionCardHolders

 

We would really appreciate any assistance you are able to give, as feedback from Carers who will be using the system is vital for it’s success.