Carers share troubles to clear the path ahead

By Matthew Sims

Carers across Laverton and surrounding areas will soon have an extra source of assistance.

A collaboration between the state government, Interchange Outer East and Brotherhood of St. Laurence (BSL) NDIS, the Pathways for Carers program is launching a monthly walk in Laverton.

Project manager Michelle Willoughby said everyone will be welcome to take part in the walk.

“Pathways for Carers is a Victorian Government funded program that involves monthly walks followed by complimentary morning tea with unpaid carers of loved ones with a disability, mental illness or an elderly person,” she said.

“We understand that caring for a loved one can be an isolating and difficult path to navigate.

“Our carer support groups provide participants with an opportunity to socialize and connect with nature as well as learn more about news, services, and support available to them.”

BSL western Melbourne linkage co-ordinator Lauren McAlpine said the goal of the program is for the participants to find extra support within the community.

“Our aim is to promote positive relationships while encouraging all the benefits of fresh air and exercise,” she said.

“We want to create a safe environment for carers to come together, share lived experiences and form friendships.”

The Pathways for Carers Hobsons Bay group will meet at Favor and Grace Cafe at 87 Railway Avenue in Laverton on the second Tuesday of each month, with the next walk scheduled for Tuesday, July 12.

Participants are encouraged to arrive at 9.45am for a 10am start, with a complimentary morning tea available at Favor and Grace Cafe from 10.45am.

Details: www.pathwaysforcarers.com.au or lauren.mcalpine@bsl.org.au

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