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Carers take a break

Aug 12 2019

To give local carers a well-deserved break from their caring roles, Carers Queensland’s Darling Downs regional office hosted a Carers Retreat.

Fourteen carers and five Carers Queensland staff members spent three days at Tiddalac, a purpose-built venue operated by Shine Lawyers Centre of Learning situated at Upper Lockyer, via Toowoomba.

The retreat, organised with funding assistance from the Commonwealth Respite Carelink Centre (CRCC) aimed to support carers in the region, giving them the opportunity to relax and unwind whilst being supported with information, therapeutic and relaxation programs.

The event formally started on Tuesday 2 April with a morning tea followed by information sessions, games, and free time.

The agenda for the three-day program included art, drumming, therapy and tai chi sessions, morning walks, cultural experiences, and a Gatsby themed dinner.

The Regional Office Team Leader, Peter Proctor said connection and relaxation were the key objectives of the event.

“Being a family carer can be a very isolating experience. Many carers never have a break.”

“Most of the time, they need to be available for long hours without the chance to rest or take time off and this is a great way of recognising everything they do,” he said.

“The bush location and unique venue provided the perfect opportunity for carers to enjoy a break and have meaningful conversations with others who are in a similar situation.”

“We have so many wonderful carers in the Toowoomba area who make a huge difference to the lives of people needing care and their families.

“We work with all caring families to improve their quality of life. We’re here to offer them all the support they need,” he added.