Macedonian Carer Support Groups
To care, look after someone presents constant physical and emotional demand of your abilities. If you are looking after someone, regardless of them being frail aged or younger person with disabilities, who needs your assistance 24 hours a day, then you too need assistance and support so that you can continue to successfully fulfill your duties as a carer.
The Macedonian Carer Support groups offer emotional support, advice, information and referral to the carers of Macedonian background who are looking after their loved ones, frail aged and younger people with disabilities in the physical or mental form. All the information is treated with respect and confidentiality.
How can these groups assist you?
If you decide to attend one of these groups you will have the opportunity to meet with other carers from Macedonian background who just like you are caring for someone.
You will have the opportunity to exchange experience from your everyday caring while at the same time learn a few new skills from the other carers in the groups.
You will be offered an opportunity to get new information and materials as well as discuss some issues with professionals that work in various health fields that can be of benefit to you as a carer. The most important is that the groups offer much needed respite with people who understand exactly how you feel and what you are going through.
Where these groups meet?
- Port Kembla Senior Citizen Centre on Allan Street, Port Kembla,
- The Small Cringila Community Hall, Lake Avenue, Cringila.
When do the groups meet?
- Port Kembla - every second Wednesday of the month 10am-12pm
- Cringila - once a month on a Tuesday between 10am-12pm.
Unfortunately transport is only offered for the Port Kembla group, while respite can be arranged upon request.
How can I found out more about these groups?
You can contact one of the following:
Dementia Support Worker
Macedonian Welfare Association
Tel: 4275 2266
Multicultural Health workers
Tel: 4221 6791
Ethnic Aged Care Worker
Aged Care Assessment Team
Tel: 4223 8364
These groups are made possible with the collaboration between Macedonian Welfare Association Inc., South Eastern Sydney and Illawarra Area Health, Multicultural Health Service and the Aged Care Assessment Team. Carers NSW information and material can be obtained through contacting them on their help line 1800 242 636.If you need assistance in accessing the service over the telephone in your language, call TIS (Telephone Inter-preting Service) on 131 450 and ask to be connected with the above service.