At Afford we recognise and celebrate the incredible role carers play in the lives of our clients and the community. It takes energy, dedication, strength and selflessness to be a primary carer. We understand that assisting individuals to achieve their goals extends beyond traditional disability supports. It also involves supporting the people around them. That’s why Afford across Australia regularly host Carers Events.

As restrictions continued to ease during November, Afford hosted a number of carers events  including  dinners, spa days, cruises and luncheons, for our carers to reconnect after months of isolation.

Carers events provide families, friends and carers with the chance to come together to talk with our staff about disability supports relevant to their loved ones. These events are also an opportunity to socialise with others who have shared life experiences.

Our Carer Support Program offers a wide range of opportunities to meet other carers and form new friendships in a relaxed and welcoming environment. The events give carers a chance to take time out for themselves to enjoy therapeutic massages, yoga and relaxation, NDIS planning, health and wellbeing and social events.

Afford’s Carer Support Program supports over 600 carers and we go above and beyond to support our clients, taking a holistic approach to assist families and carers.

Looking after the well-being of our carers is important. Supporting carers means that every individual we support receives exceptional care throughout their life. When carers are well-rested, strategies and routines established by Afford can continue at home.

Over the past few months, Afford has hosted 19 carer events with more to come in 2021!

As a welcome to new carers in and around the South Coast of NSW, a carer event was organised for Albion Park and Wollongong carers who enjoyed a fine dining experience with the ‘best seats in the house’ at the Lagoon Restaurant.

Goulburn based who are new to the Afford family enjoyed wine tasting and dinner at Lerida Estate Winery. Camperdown staff and carers headed out to celebrate with a quintessential Australian dining experience, set amongst an unmistakably stylish setting with incredible revolving views of the city skyline and harbour at Infinity Restaurant.

Ashfield, Belmore, Bexley, Blacktown, Campbelltown, Chipping Norton, Green Valley, Guildford and Kings Park Day Program carers have enjoyed lunch and dinner feasts in and around Sydney.

Carers of Afford home residents in Queensland were treated to a gourmet BBQ lunch at one of the comfortable Supported Accommodation homes.

In Ipswich in Queensland, carers took to the water for a Kookaburra River Cruise and lunch, while in NSW carers of at our Supported Accommodation homes participated in a paint and sip class with a gourmet Greek lunch, while others took time out for a spa day.

After the events of 2020, Afford’s whole-of-life approach to disability supports has never been more important. Caring for the physical and mental wellbeing of our clients and carers is paramount to ensuring every person has the chance to achieve their goals for home, work and life under the NDIS.

Stay connected with other carers via the Afford Carers Facebook page

www.facebook.com/AffordCarers.

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