A free, six-part health and wellbeing workshop series for unpaid carers will recognise National Carers Week.

UNPAID carers living in the City of Whittlesea will be able to attend free health and wellbeing workshops throughout October.

The workshops will be presented by council in partnership with support group Carers Victoria in recognition of National Carers Week from October 11-17.

Themes of the six-part workshop series will include communication, setting boundaries and dealing with frustration.

Youth advocate Chloe Hayden is set to lead a special session on life on the autism spectrum. Ms Hayden, who is on the autism spectrum herself, is an advocate for children with autism.

Council family, children, and young people manager Wendy Castles said Ms Hayden’s session would provide insights for parents and carers of young people with autism into how they could best support their child’s developmental journey.

“Chloe will talk about her experience at school, her diagnoses, learning more about her mental health and how important it is to focus on strengths not weaknesses,” she said.

Council chair of administrators Lydia Wilson said National Carers Week was a great opportunity to recognise and support the 33,000 carers living in the City of Whittlesea.

“Council acknowledges the tireless work of all carers living in our community and thanks those who are caring for loved ones around the clock,” she said.

“Being an unpaid carer is a situation that many people find themselves taking on rather than seeking out.

“Circumstances may involve the need to care for a family member or friend living with a mental or physical health disability, a chronic condition, terminal illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or someone who is ageing and frail.

“We hope that our carers can take some time out and attend a free workshop during October to hear from people in similar circumstances and know they are not alone.”

Topics of the workshops presented throughout October will include: communication with family and friends, Monday, October 12; communication with professionals, Tuesday, October 13; strong boundaries, strong carers, Wednesday, October 14; I feel so guilty, Thursday, October 15; carers get angry too, Friday, October 16; life on the autism spectrum with Chloe Hayden, Wednesday, October 21.

People can register for the online workshops by visiting whittlesea.vic.gov.au/events

More information is available by phoning council’s access team on 9217 2028 or emailing access@whittlesea.vic.gov.au

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