Respite is a service designed especially for carers that provides substitute care for the person the carer looks after. Respite is a break from the responsibility of looking after someone. It may be for a few hours, a full day, overnight or a few weeks. Respite can be provided in the home of the person being cared for, to allow the carer to leave for a short time, or out-of-home, such as at a Centre.
Respite is a way of relieving the stress of being a carer and allowing the carer some time to take care of their own health and well-being.
For emergency or short term respite, contact the Pole Depot Respite Project on 9580 0688 (office hours) or Southeast Sydney Commonwealth Carer Respite Centre (24hrs) on free call 1800 052 222
As from April 6, the Commonwealth Government's Carer Gateway is now operational, with The Benevolent Society being provider for Carer Gateway in our region - Central, Eastern and Northern Sydney areas. We encourage all carers to contact the Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 for
Carer Support Service has unfortunately had to suspend face to face support groups due to COVID-19 restrictions. We are looking forward to resuming our group meetings as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so. We know carers value connecting with each other.
The Ruby Ball fundraiser on June 21 was a fabulous success! Congratulations to our wonderful Ambassador Cheryl Koenig OAM who was the driving force behind this event, and whose 5th book In My Blood was launched on the night by Senator Kristina Keneally. Cheryl worked tirelessly