Western Australian Carers to have access to $1.5 million ‘Take a Break’ fund
Funding to provide professional at-home help to take over caring duties
A re-elected Liberal Government will establish a $1.5 million ‘Take a Break’ fund to provide support for Western Australian carers to take a break from their everyday caring duties.
The ‘Take a Break’ carers fund will provide $500,000 per annum for three years to support the provision of flexible and professional at-home help to temporarily take over caring duties, allowing carers to take a short break or have more flexibility to attend to personal matters or socialise.
Community Services Minister Paul Miles said with around one in eight people in WA providing unpaid personal care and support, the contribution carers make helps to reduce dependence on paid care and relieves WA’s health and community services.
As part of this commitment, $50,000 per year will be provided for the ‘Take a Ticket’ initiative which will deliver some respite by providing carers with tickets to recreational events and activities.
The Minister said the WA Carers Strategy, released by the Liberal Government in 2016, identified the need for respite as one of the priority areas in helping to support carers.
“Carers come from all walks of life but the thing they have in common is the incredible amount of dedication and care they give to others,” Mr Miles said.
“This commitment will help build a carer’s capacity to maintain a balance between their caring responsibilities, wellbeing and pursuit of life goals.”
The WA Carers Strategy, released in conjunction with Carers Advisory Council and Carers WA, provides guidance for government agencies and community service providers to focus their efforts on better support and recognition of carers
In February 2017, the Liberal Government announced a 15 per cent increase in funding to Carers WA to provide a range of support services for carers