Accessible walk an important step for local carers
Published on 14 November 2022
Local carers are invited to take part in the inaugural Surf Coast Pathways for Carers - a free walking event that offers carers an opportunity to connect with each other, connect with nature, and learn about services and supports available to them.
The first Pathways for Carers event will be held in Anglesea on Monday 21 November, as part of Surf Coast Shire Council’s recognition of the 2022 International Day of People with Disability.
Carers from across the shire can join the accessible walk, meeting at the Anglesea Changing Places Facility carpark for a 2km return stroll. The walk will be followed by a free morning tea at 4 Kings Coffee and Food, Anglesea.
Councillor Mike Bodsworth was proud to partner with Pathways for Carers, which coordinates the walks across Victoria.
“According to Carers Victoria, a carer is someone who provides unpaid care and support to family members or friends with a disability, mental illness, chronic health issue or an older person with care needs,” Cr Bodsworth said.
“It’s an incredibly important role and while it can be rewarding, it can also be challenging at times. A monthly walk is a great way to encourage social connections for local carers and for them to find out more about what services and supports are available.”
Surf Coast Pathways for Carers will become a regular event from February 2023, being held on the third Monday of the month. A guest speaker will attend each walk, with Pathways for Carers Project Manager Michelle Willoughby featuring at the inaugural event.
Local carers can register their attendance for the 21 November walk via surfcoast.vic.gov.au/IDPwD, or can turn up on the day without booking.
International Day of People with Disability is celebrated annually on 3 December, with Cr Rose Hodge looking forward to Council’s 2022 activities.
“This year we’re shining a light on disability with various activities, headlined by the carers walk,” Cr Hodge said.
“We’ll also be doing a spotlight series on local accessible businesses, resources and places that promote inclusion. It all aligns with our goal for people of all abilities to actively participate, socialise and have fun in our community.”