Tables turned on care givers
A UNIQUE group of men and women from around the Tweed were given a special treat this week - they were the ones being cared for.
As part of National Carers' Week, On Track Community Programs this week pampered 20 carers with one-hour massages and a two-course lunch at Kingscliff TAFE.
Mental health services manager Nicole Julien said On Track, a regional not-for-profit organisation, partnered with Carers NSW to acknowledge the work that carers do in supporting individuals living with a mental illness.
“We've had a fantastic response from the carers,” Ms Julien said. “Carers don't often get acknowledged.”
Ms Julien said carers were given some time out this week with two exciting events.
“On Monday they were pampered by students from the Health Living Centre at Kingscliff TAFE with a one-hour relaxation massage. And today carers enjoyed a two-course meal at the Cal- dera Restaurant at Kingscliff TAFE with food prepared and served by hospitality students.
“The lunch is a great opportunity to come together with others who share a common experience. Hopefully new friendships will be established with ongoing outings and holidays arranged for the future.”
Burringbar carer Nancy Campbell said she and her husband Allan have met many new friends through On Track's support groups.
“One of the most rewarding parts of being a carer is the friendship you get out of this carers' group,” Mrs Campbell said.
“I'm positive we wouldn't have made it without them.”
The On Track carers' support group meets on the first Thursday of each month at the community room in Tweed City Shopping Centre.
“To have these outings is superb, because you don't get out otherwise,” Mrs Campbell said.
Mrs Campbell, who cares for her son, said her favourite part of the week was the free massage.
“It was absolutely beautiful. I'm so grateful for all the care we've been given.”
On Track also provide a range of carers' respite programs for people caring for an individual with a mental illness. Phone (07) 5524 9732.