On Friday 22nd March, 15 carers from Northam and surrounding areas attended a dementia, grief and loss Workshop at the Bridgeley Community Centre in Northam.
The workshop was held by Carers WA and facilitated by Cherie Goh from the Carers WA Counselling Team.
Carers were provided with comprehensive education in dementia, grief and loss and had the opportunity to connect with other carers in similar situations.
It was an opportunity to share their experiences and ideas to assist them in their caring role.
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue, or who are frail aged.
An estimated 320,000 Western Australians provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend who requires help due to illness, disability or frail age.
A Carer social support group, 'Linking Together', has recently commenced in Northam, which meet on the first Thursday of every month 10am at the Riversedge Café in Northam.
Carers who are interested in attending can contact Carers WA for further information on 1300 227 377.
Carers WA provides a range of services and programs to carers across WA, including the Wheatbelt, and further information is available by contacting Carers WA or website www.carerswa.asn.au.