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Set aside some ‘me’ time – the message to far south coast families of children with a disability

Free workshop to be held in Moruya to encourage parents and carers to look after themselves

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When caring for a child with a disability, the last thing on the minds of parents or carers is often meeting their own needs and taking time out for themselves. It is not until their own health is impacted that they begin to prioritise their own needs.

Cerebral Palsy Alliance is partnering with Carers NSW to facilitate a free workshop encouraging far south coast parents and carers to consider their own needs.

Mandy Muller from Cerebral Palsy Alliance says the workshop will be in Moruya on Monday 21st July.

‘The day to day demands of caring for a child with a disability are often all-consuming , to the point where parents and carers don’t adequately take time out to meet their own emotional and health needs’, Mandy said. ‘That is OK to a point, but eventually the wheels well and truly fall off when parents get sick and exhausted and are then unable to provide the care their children need.

‘It is a vicious cycle, but one that can be broken if parents proactively plan time to meet their own needs and pursue their own interests.

‘Sometimes parents need help in implementing strategies to enable them to set aside some ‘me’ time, and that’s where the workshop will help’, she said.

In addition to providing strategies to enable parents of children with a disability to find time in their busy lives for their own wellbeing, the workshop will also explore some of the barriers parents face in taking care of their own needs.

The workshop will also provide information about how the services, programs and resources of Carers NSW support parents and carers across the state.

‘I’d encourage all parents and carers of a child with a disability living in the far south coast region to register to attend this free workshop’, Mandy said. ‘The information and strategies provided could be life-changing.’

The free workshop will be at 10:00am-12pm on Monday 21st July at Cerebral Palsy Alliance’s Moruya centre (2809 Princes Highway Moruya). Morning tea will be provided and childcare is available on request.

Registration is essential by contacting Mandy Muller on 02 4423 5882/0427788456 or at mmuller@cerebralpalsy.org.au

Released on 3 Jun 2014