Cares face up to isolation

Two volunteers from Gippsland Carers Association have started a Facebook support page to reach out to people in caring roles across the region.

Gippsland Carers Association members Linda Rean and Lorraine Beasly have launched a Facebook support page. photograph hayley mills

Gippsland Carers Association members Linda Rean and Lorraine Beasly have launched a Facebook support page. photograph hayley mills

The Facebook account, simply named Gippsland Carers, has been running for the past three weeks and has attracted about 20 carers at present.

GCA carer mentor Lorraine Beasly and newly-joined volunteer Linda Rean created the Facebook support page the importance of social media in reaching out to carers was mentioned at a local workshop run by Carers Victoria.

"We thought that's a really good idea because a lot of carers just can't get out of the house and they can't get to support groups and things like that," Ms Rean who moved to Morwell from Sydney in November, said.

"We thought this is a way to reach more people plus we're not necessarily reaching a lot of our younger members."

Ms Beasly said the carer's association had more than 200 carers on their database but had lost touch with many of them.

"They're not actively being supported. Some of them ... might need a few things and then they go off," she said.

Ms Beasly said they want to rebuild connection with carers around the region who were otherwise feeling isolated and needing support from those who on the same caring journey.

"We need to be actively reaching people ... then they know it's not just them," she said.

People who want to sign up as a member of the Facebook support group will have to answer a few questions to confirm that they're genuine carers.

Ms Rean and Ms Beasly, who are the page administrators, said carers could post anything on the page including questions for other people who may be going through the same experience.

Ms Rean said they would not screen posts but would remove them if someone posted something negative or caused bullying of other members.

"We're hoping that more carers will get on board and use it to support each other," Ms Beasly said.

Carers can join the closed group by searching Gippsland Carers on Facebook

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