National Carers Week 2017 will run from 15 – 21 October and is a time to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution that Australia’s 2.7 million unpaid carers make to our nation.
There are many ways to engage with the campaign this year, all detailed on the official website – www.carersweek.com.au – and including the opportunity to publicly pledge your thanks to Australia’s unpaid carers and let them know how much they count!
1 in 8 Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail aged. Carers make an enormous contribution to our communities and our nation, with Deloitte Access Economics valuing the replacement cost of unpaid care at $60.3 billion annually.
It’s clear that Australia counts on carers, so we need to let carers know how much they count!
Visit the Get Involved page where you will find a range of information and resources, including the option to download promotional posters for display, or even download your own Toolkit which has a range of information and tips on how to effectively engage with this year’s campaign.
You can organise a morning or afternoon tea, fundraiser or workshop to raise awareness of the diversity of carers and caring, and take advantage of the opportunity to inform friends and colleagues of the support services available.
Register your own National Carers Week event to have it listed on our interactive map, which details all those registered events across Australia.
Visit our Carers Gallery where you will find some of our promotional videos, including out TVC starring actor, Aaron Pedersen, who cares for his brother, Vinnie. Many more videos will be posted in the coming weeks.
You can help spread the word about National Carers Week 2017 through your own social media channels, and by including the hashtags #Carers2017 #carerscount your posts will be pulled through to the Social Wall of the official site.
By promoting and supporting our campaign you can show how much community support there is for Australia’s carers this National Carers Week!