Launching as part of this week’s National Carers Week, The Care Mosaic Podcast reveals the very different experiences of Australia’s 2.65+ million unpaid carers, sharing the challenges, aspirations, ideas and hopes of Victorians providing support.
Featuring diverse carers across the age and cultural spectrum, the seven-part series produced by Merri Health’s Carer Gateway team aims to help unpaid carers and those around them by sharing their stories and insights.
Some of the carers featured in the podcast include Rod, a loving father and husband who is the carer for both his son and wife for over 15 years, and Naomi, a young carer juggling school and caring for her two young brothers and grandma.
The theme of this year’s National Carers Week is Young Carers – recognising those people under the age of 25 who provide unpaid care to a family member, friend or a person in the community.
Evan Wallace, the podcast host, says of the series, “Carers come from all different walks of life and the nature of the care they provide looks incredibly different. Some individuals may have cared for a loved one for most of their life, whereas for others it could be for a short and potentially challenging period In order to stand out from other carer-focused podcasts, the emphasis is on Victorian carers telling
their own individual stories.”
Each episode looks at a particular type of caring relationship, including young carers, carers supporting their ageing parents and carers who are partners – focusing on the nature of the caring relationship and how the care relationship features within other aspects of their life.
The stories also touch on the support carers have received, including Carer Gateway. Carer Gateway is a free service that supports anyone who is an unpaid carer looking after someone with a disability, mental illness, medical condition or is frail due to age.
The support includes counselling, coaching, group support, respite and skills courses. Interviews and photo opportunities are available with carers featured in the podcast.