Looking after someone and working too?
Working carers are people who look after someone who needs extra help to live at home, and who also have paid employment. They look after a person who has a disability, who is frail or ageing, or who is very sick. This care is unpaid.
It can be hard to care for someone and work at the same time. You may feel very busy and tired all the time. You may worry that you cannot do your job properly. Or you may have help from other people and have a good boss, so you do okay.
The Working Carers Support Gateway website has information about organisations that can help you and stories from Aboriginal working carers about how they manage. It has been developed in conjunction with Aboriginal carer support officers across NSW.
If you have any questions or comments about the information you find, or need to know more, you can try:
1. Ask an Expert - send a question to the Working Carers Support Gateway via our contact page. The Gateway team will forward it onto a relevant expert to answer it for you;
2. checking out our Services Directory to find the local services that may be able to assist you as a working carer;
3. contacting the Commonwealth Carer Resource Centre on 1800 242 636 for information, support, referral and advice about your caring role and services that can assist you. You can ask to speak to an Aboriginal carer support officer.
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About the artist
Les Evans painted the Aboriginal logo for the Working Carers Support Gateway. Les’s grandmother was a Kamilaroi woman from the Coonabarabran area. Les was born and raised in Sydney and now lives in Lismore, NSW. He started dabbling with painting 20 years ago in the Namatjira Rehabilitation Haven in Lismore, and started painting seriously 10 years ago when working as a counsellor at the Haven and teaching painting to others. He recently completed Certificate 3 in Aboriginal Arts and Cultural Practices at Lismore TAFE and has been teaching in the same course. Les likes telling stories in a different way through painting. He has entered competitions, won prizes and his work is in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.
About the logo
Les tells us that the leaves on a tree symbolise life. The top leaf in this painting represents the first born: the grey colour represents the oldest one and the white represents all the elders. The next leaf shows the elders (white) and the next generation (blue). The third leaf represents the middle generation (blue) and the young ones (orange). The veins on the leaves indicate that the same blood lines are connecting people. The rings of dots show the elders (white) are there for everyone all of the time, first. They form a protective boundary on both sides of the community.
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