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“Getting to know you” Support for Carers Mini Expo

1 March 2024

The Support for Carers Program proudly unveiled its inaugural “Getting to Know You” mini Expo on in late February. It was a joyous occasion, marked by the warm embrace of almost 60 attendees, comprising both devoted carers and cherished care recipients, alongside 11 local service providers. The Expo aimed at empowering carers and care recipients with a wealth of information on what support services are available and a chance to ask important questions.
The Expo kicked off with morning tea, and formally commenced with acknowledgement of country.

Our dedicated service providers guided attendees through a series of engaging presentations, offering glimpses into the diverse array of support available. Following these insightful sessions, participants enjoyed a relaxed yet invaluable “lunch and mingle” segment, fostering connections and conversations that lie at the heart of our community.

This Expo was a great opportunity for carers to increase their awareness in accessing available services. This was the first of many quarterly sessions which will targeting hidden carers in the community and it marked a promising step towards greater awareness and empowerment. In a display of appreciation, Sylvia Wan, Senior Manager, and SMRC CEO Rakesh Sharma took a moment to honor the immeasurable contributions of our unpaid carers, underscoring the shared commitment of service providers towards uplifting individuals in need.

We received positive feedback which conveyed gratefulness, as people said that they “would recommend it to all”, that the Expo was “a good source of information” and that they were “incredibly grateful for the interesting event…thank you for inviting us” one person shared “I didn’t know that such a service existed”.

SMRC’s Support for Carers Program continuously brings an array of programs and supports to their clients through monthly outings and meetings and this Mini Expo will be a great addition to engage with and uplift hidden cares.

Thank you to service providers!

Thank you to the service providers who joined us on the day to share invaluable information: Alfred Health Carers Services, Cardinia Shire Council, Casey North Community Information and Support, City of Kingston, City of Monash, Dementia Australia, Diabetes Victoria, Enliven Victoria, Hearing Australia, Monash Health, Windermere Child and Family Services.

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