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Free Carer Carnivale Day

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Free Carer Carnivale Day

Attention all carers, families, and friends! If you are caring for someone, you’re invited to Carer
Gateway Carnivale Day for a free fun-filled day to celebrate the amazing job you do.

The Carer Gateway team from The Benevolent Society, in partnership with Your Side, is holding this free event
at Sydney’s Pyrmont Bay Park on Saturday April 1 from 10am-3pm to celebrate the 2.7 million
unpaid carers in Australia.

“Carer Carnivale Day is about raising awareness of the needs of unpaid carers and to celebrate the amazing job they’re doing,” says Michelle Williams, Deputy Manager of Carer Gateway at The
Benevolent Society. “It’s also an opportunity to educate community members, who aren’t registered yet with Carer Gateway, about the vital resources and services available to them to ensure they can
continue in their valuable caring role.”

This April marks the three-year anniversary of Carer Gateway. The Australian Government launched the free national carer support service in 2020 to support and sustain the vital work of unpaid carers.

There are providers across Australia, including The Benevolent Society which supports Metropolitan Sydney([excluding South Western Sydney and Nepean])

“Many people don’t realise it but those who assume a caregiving role can experience high levels of stress, increased levels of depression and psychological distress, including impaired self-care and
an overall reduction in their quality of life, which may lead to carer burn -out,” Michelle says.

Everyone is welcome to attend. There will be live entertainment, family activities, information stalls, art therapy, food trucks and group mindfulness exercises to improve your wellb eing, burn some
energy and have some fun. There’s also plenty for the kids to do too including arts and crafts, dress ups and games. With pets known to enhance health and wellbeing, there’ll be a petting zoo and pet
adoption information.

The Carer Gateway team will be there to answer any questions you may have about the program.

WHAT: Carer Gateway Carnivale Day.
WHERE: Pyrmont Bay Park (Pirrama Road, Pyrmont).
WHEN: Saturday April 1 from 10am-3pm.
COST: Free entry. Go to Eventbrite to register your free tickets.

If you look after a loved one, Carer Gateway is a free support service, especially for you. To
find out more, call Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737 or go to

About The Benevolent Society
The Benevolent Society, operating since 1813, provides integrated support services to children, young people and families, older
Australians, people with disability and carers. It has more than 1,000 people-first practitioners working to help people live their life,
their way. As one of Australia’s first charitable organisations, The Benevolent Society has pioneered positive social change and
uses its practice wisdom to advocate for a just, caring society. Follow the conversation on Facebook/thebenevolentsociety or
Twitter @BenevolentAU
About Carer Gateway
Carer Gateway is an Australian Government program providing free services and support for carers. If you care for a family
member or friend with disability, a medical condition, mental illness, or who is frail due to age, then Carer Gateway can hel p you.
The Australian Government works with a range of health and carer organisations across Australia, known as Carer Gateway
service providers, to deliver services to carers no matter where they live in Australia. By calling Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737
Monday to Friday between 8am and 5pm, you will be connected to your local Carer Gateway service provider who will talk with you
to understand your needs and help you to find tailored local services and support to help you

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