Marion is the carer for her husband Reean Sneddon.
Marion is the carer for her husband Reean Sneddon. Valerie Horton

Steps Care for Carers group provides relief

GIVING back to those who are continuously giving, Steps Care for Carers group provide a crutch for carers who support their loved ones with disabilities.

The not-for-profit group meetings are unique in providing free resources specifically for carers.

They include an open forum, guest speakers, chat groups, free counselling and support workshops, Care for Carers counsellor Billy J. Cox says.

"The group is filling a lot of gaps. Carers are such giving people they forget about themselves," he said.

"They suffer burnout as well."

Member of four years Marion Sneddon finds herself uplifted by the strength of group interaction.

Marion cares for her husband who has been diagnosed with two neurological diseases, Huntington's and Thompson's diseases.

"Care for Carers provides camaraderie," she said.

"You come along and regardless of what crap you've had to deal with through the month you can come here and there's always someone who has a joke or wants to give you a hug.

"If someone's having a hard time the strength in the rest of the group can provide support.

"They are a mix of ridiculous fun and education and support," she said.

Phone 4150 1900 to arrange an appointment with Care for Carers at either Hervey Bay or Maryborough.



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