NSW Carers Week

 Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott today urged the Baulkham Hills community to celebrate the contributions of carers around NSW during NSW Carers Week.

 Mr Elliott said that more than 850,000 people in NSW provide unpaid care for a family member, relative or friend with a disability, chronic health condition or frail aged.

 “Although it is often not acknowledged, carers are found right across our community and come from all walks of life,” Mr Elliott said.

 “They can range from school aged children to the elderly, and often carers provide care in addition to other full time or part time commitments such as work or study.

 “A study by Access Economics estimates that carers contribute more than

1.32 billion hours worth of unpaid work, saving Australian taxpayers more that $40 billion each year.

 “Carers Week encourages us all to recognise the valuable contribution that carers make to our local community, acknowledge carers within Baulkham Hills, and identify ways in which we can provide them with support and assistance.”

 The Hon John Ajaka MLC, Minister for Ageing and Minister for Disability Services said more than 400 events would take place across NSW as part of Carers Week.

 “Carers Week is an opportunity to not only promote the vital work that carers do, but also a chance for carers to take a well earned break and take part in morning and afternoon teas, lunches and pampering days,” Minister Ajaka said.

 “There will be a range of events happening right throughout the state just for carers, ranging from barbeques, boat cruises and movie events.

 “A special event, Carers Day Out, will be held inSydney on Tuesday (15 October) and will feature a range of entertainment, guest speakers and workshops.”

 Events for Carers Week are being organised by Carers NSW. The NSW Government provides funding for Carers NSW. 

 For more information on Carers Week activities in Baulkham Hills visit www.carersnsw.asn.au/carersweek2013, or visit the Department of Family and Community Services website at www.facs.nsw.gov.au.