A Koori Yarning Group has been established in Dubbo as a place where Aboriginal Carers can go for some time out, to have a cuppa, talk to someone in a similar situation and gain some helpful information to support them in the caring role.
Bruce Wilson, Catholic Community Services and Lyndall Jones, Western NSW Local Health District have been working in partnership to support Aboriginal Carers in Dubbo and surrounding areas.
Mr Wilson said that “Within the Aboriginal culture it is often taken for granted that family members look after one another and do not always identify themselves as Carers. If you are looking after a family member or friend, helping with medications, taking them to doctor’s appointments or providing emotional support you are a Carer and we would like to support you.”
The Koori Yarning Group is a free event. The first group will be held on Friday 4 November from 10am to 12 noon at Carers NSW 46 Wingewarra St, Dubbo. Subsequent groups will be held the first Thursday of each month.
Ms Jones would like to encourage all Aboriginal Carers to attend the Koori Yarning Group. “It is a great opportunity for Aboriginal Carers to gain some helpful information to support them in their caring role. We know how hard Carers work and we would like to give something back.”
The Koori Yarning morning teas are supported by Commonwealth Respite Carelink Centre and Carers NSW.