Caring for the Carers – workshops with family and whānau carers

We would like to hear about your care experience of supporting a friend or whānau member who may have a disability, health condition, or illness with their everyday living.

Your views will help the Government to develop the next Carers’ Strategy Action Plan, which aims to better support carers to have improved wellbeing and long-term outcomes.

Catering will be provided

Please RSVP which workshop and location you wish to attend to carers.strategy@msd.govt.nz

All carers are welcome to participate in the survey also

The Carers’ Strategy Action Plan is being refreshed for 2019-2023. The Action Plan will identify what the government is committed to achieving in the next five years to support those people providing care for friends or family/whānau members with their everyday living because of a health condition, injury, frailty, or disability.
The role that families and whānau provide in New Zealand is important, and the government is committed to recognising and supporting this contribution.
We are keen to hear from anyone who provides care for a friend or member of their family/whānau. Hearing about your experience, and how caring impacts your life and wellbeing, and what you think would make a difference will help inform the actions government can take to help.
We will be talking to different groups of people around the country to learn about their experiences. We are also carrying out an online survey.
You can find out more, including how you can have your say, at: http://www.msd.govt.nz/carersactionplan
The survey will be live until the 31 October 2018.

The webpage also contains additional information about the Strategy and the initial engagement process.

Date Workshop Time Location Venue
Monday 8 October 2018 Younger carers (under 25 years of age) 9am to 2pm Auckland  

LT Hub,  Level 1 – MSD Regional Office, Building A, 65 Main Highway, Ellerslie,
Car Park: Basement Level 1 (B1) #67 & #68

 

Tuesday 9 October 2018 Māori carers 10 – 12:30pm Kaikohe  

Ngapuhi Iwi Social Services Centre,
12 Marino Place, Kaikohe

 

Friday 12 October 2018 Māori carers 10 – 12:30pm Porirua  

Porirua Whanau Centre, 16 Bedford Court, Cannons Creek, Porirua

 

Monday 15 October 2018 Māori carers 10 – 1pm Christchurch  

Rehua Marae, 79 Springfield Road, Christchurch 8014

 

Tuesday 16 October 2018 Older carers (over 65 years of age) 10 – 12:30pm  

Christchurch

 

 

Christchurch North Methodist Parish, 68 Harewood Road, Papanui
Wednesday 17 October 2018 Pacific carers 10 – 12:30pm Christchurch  

Christchurch North Methodist Parish, 68 Harewood Road, Papanui

 

Thursday 18 October 2018 Younger carers (under 25 years of age) 10 – 12:30pm Dunedin  

IDEA Services
42 King Edward Street

 

Wednesday 24 October Older carers (over 65 years of age) 10 – 12:30pm Blenheim  

Nelson / Marlborough Institute of Technology
Room E1, 89 Budge Street

 

Thursday 25 October Māori carers 10 – 12:30pm Gisborne IDEA Services, 124 Bright Street

 

New Zealand Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 20192024

Do you support a friend or family member who needs help with everyday living because of a health condition, injury, or disability? If so, we want to hear about your experience, what works, what doesn’t, and what would help.

You may not see yourself as a ‘carer’ as it may just be part of what you, or your family/whānau do. Carer is just the term we use to describe the diversity of individuals, families and whānau who provide support.

 

Why do we want to hear from you, your family/whānau?

We are going to develop a new Carers’ Strategy Action Plan to support people who are supporting a friend or family member with their everyday living. The current Action Plan expires at the end of this year.

Hearing about your experience will make sure that people developing the new Action Plan are aware of how the caring role affects you and what would make your life better. The role that families and whānau provide in New Zealand is crucial, and the government needs to recognise and support this contribution.

 

How can you share your experience?

We will be talking to different groups of people to learn about their experiences.

The will enable you and/or your family and whānau to tell us about your care experience and how this impacts on your life and wellbeing, and what you think would make a difference. This information will be used to help inform and design actions government can take to help.

 

Who are we talking to?

We are keen to hear from anyone who provides support to a friend or member of their family and whānau. In particular, we are keen to hear from you if you are:

·         a young person (24 years or under)

·         an older person (65 years or above)

·         of Māori ethnicity

·         of Pacific Island ethnicity.