According to Carers Australia, in 2015 there were over 2.8 million unpaid carers in Australia, 12 per cent of the population. The chances are you personally are a carer, need a carer or know a carer.
The burden of caring for another person can be a heavy one.
Judy Acott and Jane Miller have two things in common. They each care for a partner with cancer, and they both attend the ‘Supporting Someone with Cancer’ group at the ONJ Centre.
“The very first time I walked in to the Wellness Centre I felt safe, secure and that I had a soft place to land,” says Judy. “It felt like arms opening up to give me a big hug as I entered.”
“I love meeting so many people who are experiencing the same things I am,” says Jane. “The group is not just all women – it’s for everybody! I’ve met a Dad who came with his daughter, I’ve met sisters, brothers, husbands, ex-husbands – it’s all inclusive and it’s just wonderful.”
Both Judy and Jane feel supported and less isolated when they attend the group.
“It is so lovely to chat to other people who are having the same experiences and feelings as you,” says Jane. “It makes me feel less alone and that I am not the only one feeling this way.”
Judy agrees. “We all understand what it’s like to be a carer. I feel that I can debrief, share, be heard, and hear other people – all in a non-judgemental environment.”
Funded by Tour de Cure, the ‘Supporting Someone with Cancer’ evenings are open to any person in the community caring for somebody with cancer. Bookings are essential - in person at the Wellness Centre, via telephone on 9496 3799 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org