Following on from last week's celebration of National Carers Week 2020 the NSW Government is launching a new strategy to support more carers.
The NSW Carers Strategy aims to provide carers with more support and recognition to improve their wellbeing. It plans to support more than 850,000 carers across NSW.
Hawkesbury MP Robyn Preston said National Carers Week is an important time to recognise the significant contribution unpaid carers make in our community.
"Around one in 10 people across NSW are carers. Many people may not realise they are carers and may qualify for financial or other support," Ms Preston said.
"The thousands of people across the Hawkesbury who dedicate many hours to caring for others are the glue that holds our community together. We are very thankful for their contribution."
Under the strategy, carers will have better access to information and services to reduce money stress and look after their own health and wellbeing.
Carers NSW, CEO, Elena Katrakis said the strategy will provide an important framework and direction for supporting carers over the next 10 years and help to overcome the many challenges carers face.
"Caring for a family member or friend can be stressful, isolating, time consuming and can impact carers' physical and mental health," she said.
"Caring responsibilities can also affect a carer's capacity to continue education and paid work."
To access the NSW Carers Strategy 2020-2030 visit https://www.facs.nsw.gov.au/inclusion/carers.