All carers in the Liverpool Plains Shire Council (LPSC) area are cordially invited to attend a High Tea, to be held from 11am on Tuesday October 17. The venue for the event will be the Werris Creek Pharmacy, Single Street Werris Creek.
“The theme for National Carers Week 2017 is Carers Count and LPSC would like as many carers from the area to come along to the High Tea so we can say thank you, on behalf of Council and Shire residents, for the extremely important role you play,” said LPSC Mayor, Councillor Andrew Hope.
“To help ensure as many people as possible can attend, transport will be available for any carer that resides in the Shire, wherever you live, be it Premer, Warrah, Blackville, Wallabadah, Willow Tree, Quirindi, Currabubula, in fact any location, if you’d like to attend we’ll help make it happen,” he said.
“RSVP’s are essential and required by Tuesday October 10. You can RSVP by phoning LPSC’s Customer Service Desk on 6746 1755 or by dropping in at Council’s Administration Centre in Station Street Quirindi. Alternatively you can contact Quirindi (6746 4545), Werris Creek (6768 7505) or Willow Tree (6747 1525) Home Support Services. When you RSVP please make sure you let us know if you require transport and the necessary information to pick you up,” he continued.
Councillor Hope said that at the 2016 census, 12.3% of Shire residents, approximately 770 people, identified themselves as carers. He said nation wide there are over 2.8 million carers, providing 36 million hours of care and support every week to a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.
“It is a sobering realisation that the replacement value of that unpaid care is $1.1 billion per week. The theme for National Carers Week, Carers Count, highlights these figures,” he said.
“Commonly, carers are responsible for the management of medications. They also provide emotional, social or financial support. Caring may also involve helping the person they are caring for to be organised, reminding them to attend appointments and dealing with emergencies,” he continued.
“Carers are in fact, an integral part of Australia's health system and are the foundation of our aged, disability, palliative and community care systems. LPSC is proud to once again support Carers Week and for the opportunity to hold an event to say thank you. If you are a carer please come along, we’d love to see you, so get that RSVP in as soon as possible,” Councillor Hope concluded.