Aboriginal carers in Narromine can benefit from a new free transport service aimed at bringing carers from across the district to take some time out at the Koori Yarning Group meetings in Dubbo.
The Koori Yarning Group has been established to offer aboriginal residents who are caring for a family member or friend a monthly meeting place for some time out, to have a cuppa, talk to someone in a similar situation and gain some helpful information to support them in their role as a carer.
The project is a partnership between the Western NSW Local Health District and Catholic Community Services to increase support for aboriginal carers within Dubbo and surrounding areas.
Bruce Wilson from Catholic Community Services said “Within the Aboriginal culture it is often taken for granted that family members look after one another and do not always officially 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 Western NSW LHD Carer Support Program Coordinator Lyndall Jones is encouraging all aboriginal carers to attend the Koori Yarning Group meetings.
“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,” she said.
The Koori Yarning Group is a free event. The group will be held on Thursday 3rd May 2012 from 10am to 12 noon at the Dubbo Local Lands Council on the corner of Darling and Wingewarra Streets. Subsequent groups will be held on the first Thursday of each month.
The Koori Yarning morning teas are supported by the Commonwealth Respite Carelink Centre and Carers NSW.
Transport to and from the meetings is being funded through Transport NSW. Transport can be provided from Narromine to Dubbo for those wishing to attend the Koori Yarning Group.