Carers are people who provide unpaid care and support to a loved one with a disability or mental health condition.
The Pathways for Carers program is a ground-breaking approach to carer well-being that is led by carers, for carers. The idea was borne in the Eastern suburbs of Melbourne in 2015 by Mel Spencer and Jack Mulholland who ran the first Pathways for Carers program. They identified that there was not enough to offer in terms of self care and networking for carers locally. Jack passionately supported Mel and this cause and their model ran from a local cafe. Similarly, Nicky from Mt Evelyn Community House and Amanda May from Yarra Ranges Council identified the lack of services for carers in their local area and launched a Pathways for Carers group locally.
Caring for a loved one can be an isolating and difficult path to navigate. These unsung heroes make an invaluable contribution to the community, facing multiple challenges along the way.
Pathways for Carers is a Victorian Government funded program that involves monthly walks with other carers. The program provides participants with an opportunity to socialise and connect with nature as well as learn more about news, services, and support available to them.
Various local government electorates host these uplifting free monthly events. Walking groups typically use a local trail in a casual, no-stress environment. The regular event concludes at a local community hall or cafe where participants have the opportunity to hear from a guest speaker whilst sharing a delicious complimentary morning tea. Put simply it is fresh air, a friendly face and a hot cuppa at the end!
The Pathways for Carers program is focused on providing empathetic support for carers. If this is you and you would like to form a group in your local area, please see the contact us page.