THANK YOU CARERS: Carers Queensland Ipswich manager Neville Coventry and volunteer Jackie Addley.
THANK YOU CARERS: Carers Queensland Ipswich manager Neville Coventry and volunteer Jackie Addley. David Nielsen

Light shines on work of carers

UNPAID care is an around-the-clock job. But for one week in October carers get a chance to be recognised for their contribution.

Many unpaid carers end up looking after a loved one who suffers a crippling injury or someone with a genetic abnormality.

According to Carers Australia, one in 10 Australians unexpectedly becomes a carer during their life.

Carers Queensland team leader Neville Coventry said people could become carers at any time and often were unaware of the resources available to them for support.

"If we contact the carers early in their life, we can start linking them to the resources," Mr Coventry said.

"Our job is to give them resources and celebrate their work in the community."

Many of the resources that are offered to carers can range from assisted living products to stress counselling and even support for siblings who may not receive equal attention.

Carers Queensland has arranged for an event to be held in Browns Park, North Ipswich, on October 13 at 10am.

Mr Coventry said the day would include entertainment by Neil Duddy, support groups and businesses and welcomes both supporters and carers.

"There will be a lot of other carers and they've dealt with the struggles so they understand and have walked in the moccasins of other carers," he said.

One of the greatest difficulties carers face is finding a carer-friendly workplace, as well as finding support with sitters and other carers.

People can help support or donate online by placing a pledge at www.carersweek. com.au and clicking "Make a Free Pledge".


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