The lead story in Other Matters this week details the national day of action called Walk a Mile in My Shoes planned for Tuesday, September 13 on the lawns of Parliament House, Canberra. We encourage all Carers – both working and home based – to add their voice to the chorus calling for greater recognition and tangible support for the role undertaken by carers.
In Life Matters a mother tells her story of raising her Downs Syndrome son while working and the coping techniques she and her partner developed; while in Work Matters an employer responds to an earlier Work ‘n’ Care story supporting the benefits of staff autonomy.
With the high cost of medicine, equipment and support needs, many working carers have become adapt at spreading their income thinner than vapour. The weekly financial shuffle can often mean that there is no money left to purchase essential home items like a new fridge, washing machine or even a television. In Money Matters we feature a state-wide no interest loan program for low income carers to purchase home items or equipment.
We hope you can take something away from this newsletter and encourage you to forward it to other working carers, family and friends.