$845,000 to provide more respite services for carers in Wollongong

Five local Wollongong care services will share in extended funding of $845,000 providing a guarantee of more respite services for carers in the Cunningham electorate, Federal Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird, announced today.

“This is welcome news for carers in my electorate and means the local service providers can plan respite needs in advance because this funding provides certainty for the next two years.

“Carers do a tremendous job and it can be physically and emotionally demanding.

“Carers need the opportunity to take time out from their caring responsibilities to work, relax, catch up with friends, and do other things we sometimes take for granted.

“Carers also need to be reassured that when they take time out for themselves that their loved one is being looked after.

“I am pleased that the Commonwealth Government is extending funding for two years to ensure local service providers in my electorate are able to ensure respite services continue”, Ms Bird said.

Respite Service Provider Funding amount 2011-12 to June 2014
Greek Welfare Centre $182,444
IRT (Illawarra Retirement Trust) $236,892
Indochinese Respite Service $105,538
Interchange Illawarra Inc $98,741
Uniting Church of Australia $221,344

The extension of Commonwealth Government funding has been provided under the National Respite for Carers Program (NRCP).