Strengthening Parents Support Program – Carer’s News

by | 8 Dec, 2023 | News, RIAC | 0 comments

RIAC has been very busy in the carer space, working to expand our “self-care hub” model of support for carers across the Loddon Mallee. Carers of children under 18 years in Bendigo, Castlemaine*, Kerang and Cohuna can now join us to enjoy a cuppa and a chat and try out a variety of activities that promote relaxation, such as arts and crafts, adult colouring, as well as regular visits from a local massage therapist.

We also allow carers to exercise gently with other local carers at our walking groups in Bendigo and Castlemaine. The walks are appropriate for all levels of fitness. Both groups finish at a local café with a complimentary coffee.

There is no need to register; just come along and stay as long as you can.

*In collaboration with Bendigo Health, we also offer a self-care hub for carers of adults in Castlemaine.

Bendigo Walking Group 
When:  9.30am – 11am (second and fourth Thursday each month)
Where: Lake Weeroona (at seats next to Coffee Man)

Bendigo Carer Self-Care Hub
10am – 12noon (first Thursday each month)
Where: Strathdale Community Centre – 155 Crook Street, Strathdale

When:  10AM – 11.30am (third Wednesday each month)
Where:  Northern District Community Health – 16 Fitzroy Street, Kerang

1PM – 2.30PM (third Wednesday each month)
Northern District Community Health – 25 King Edward Street, Cohuna

Castlemaine Walking Group
When:  9.30AM – 10.30am (first Wednesday each month
Where:  Castlemaine Botanical Gardens
Castlemaine Carer Self-Care Hub (Carers of under 18s)
When:  11.30am – 1.00pm (first Wednesday each month
Where: Castlemaine Community House – 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine

Castlemaine Carer Self-Care Hub (Carers of adults)
When: 2.00pm – 3.30pm (first Wednesday each month)
Where: Castlemaine Community House – 30 Templeton Street, Castlemaine

We have also launched a monthly newsletter especially for carers –  “Carers Connect”. This newsletter aims to keep carers up to date on upcoming events and information on carer related matters, along with tips and strategies on self care, and ideas on how to make day to day life as a carer less challenging. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter, email or call Carolyn on 0488 605 636.

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