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Call for rainbow carers

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We’ve launched a support group for carers who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, asexual or any other diverse sexual orientation or gender identity.

LGBTIQA+ carers have unique joys and challenges and we want to create a space that’s just for you through this pilot program, run in partnership with queerspace and Carers Victoria.

Whether you’re a carer for a few hours a week or full time, this free group will give you a chance to relax and unwind, socialise and find out helpful information.

Kate Foord, General Manager of queerspace, said carers play a crucial role in the community and need support services of their own.

‘People in LGBTIQA+ communities face a range of barriers to accessing mental health, disability, wellbeing and other support services,’ Kate said.

‘Add this to the barriers faced by carers and you run the risk of an increase in complex needs and experiences of isolation.

‘These challenges can impact not only the person providing care, but also the person they support, and their entire family or community units.’

The new carer support group celebrates all forms of caring relationships. Carers may be friends, partners, biological family members or family of choice.

You may be looking after someone living with a disability, mental health condition, chronic or terminal illness, addiction, or an older person with care needs.

Planned activities include picnics, pampering, yoga, meditation, art therapy and meals.

For more information, visit Carers.

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