While face-to-face peer support is shown to be beneficial to carers, it is not always possible for carers to attend a group in person due to the demands of their caring role, their geographic location and/or other commitments such as paid work and their preference. For some individuals on-line can also be a way of accessing support while remaining anonymous. In addition, many carer support group facilitators (who are often also carers), struggle to meet the demands of running a carer support group, maintaining group numbers and ensuring the group’s overall sustainability.
Carer Peer Connect looks at meeting the need for a network of carers across NSW. This network will be a peer support resource that will connect carers with each other.