Dec 09
Koori Yarning Group Assists Carers

Aboriginal Carers from Dubbo and surrounding areas are encouraged to join the Koori Yarning Group, which meets on the first Thursday of each month at the Dubbo Neighbourhood Centre, in Gipps Street.

The Koori Yarning Group is 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 from Catholic Community Services, Lyndall Jones from Western NSW Local Health District and Max Hill from Carers NSW, have been working in partnership to support local Aboriginal Carers.

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,” he said.

Max Hill from Carers NSW would also 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,” he said.

“We know how hard Carers work and we would like to give something back, said Lyndall Jones from Western NSW Local Health District.

A Koori Yarning Group Christmas party will be held on Thursday 11 December from 10am at the Neighbourhood Centre, Gipps St, Dubbo.

“This will be the final get together for 2014 and we look forward to meeting again on 5 February 2015,” Ms Jones said.

The Koori Yarning Group is free with morning teas supported by Commonwealth Respite Carelink Centre, National Disability Service and Carers NSW.

For further information or story opportunities on the work the Carer Support Program Western NSW Local Health Network are doing contact Lyndall Jones on 0428 404 916, Max Hill Carers NSW on 6884 7200 or Bruce Wilson Catholic Community Services 6881 3729 or 0428 024 866.