Welcome to the latest edition of the Work 'n' Care newsletter. Each month we try and bring you stories that embody all aspects of a carers life. Our aim is to empower you in your caring role and to make your life a little easier. Contact us with your experiences and ideas as the process of sharing can make a carers life just that little bit easier. Read the latest edition below or use the links on the right to navigate our story archives.


No interest loans

money_icon.jpgYou urgently need a new hot water service, fridge or aid for the person you are caring for, but the budget just won’t stretch that far. The good news is that some working carers on a very low income or social security payment may be eligible to apply for a no interest loan for essential items. NILS, the No Interest Loans Scheme, is a successful Australia-wide program.

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Walk a mile in my shoes

In response to widespread support from viewers after the airing of ‘The Hidden Army’ on the ABC’s Four Corners program in March, caring families have organised a national day of action called Walk a Mile in My Shoes. Activities will be held on Tuesday, September 13 on the lawns of Parliament House, Canberra. If you are working and cannot get to Canberra on the day, local actions are planned around Australia.

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Home alone

other_icon.jpgAll parents and carers are at some stage faced with the dilemma of whether to leave their children home alone. With the school holidays fast approaching this question is even more pressing for working carers. To help carers consider the issues surrounding this important decision we are reproducing an article from the parents winter school holiday kit Home Alone provided by the NSW Department of Community Services.

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An employer's response

work_icon.jpgA few weeks ago working carer Sheila Pring wrote an article entitled 'A Supportive Employer', about how her manager supported her when her partner was very ill. This meant she was able to keep her job at a time when she most needed it. This week, her manager Jan Dilli responds with her perspective on supervising employees with caring responsibilities. Jan writes about supporting carers, allowing staff autonomy and valuing a particular employee who was seen as an asset.

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Additional holiday leave

money_icon.jpgSchool holidays often pose problems for working carers who have school aged children. Finding suitable care and activities, especially for younger children, when you have to work is not always easy. In this article we outline a flexible leave option that allows parents to take extra leave in the school holidays and note the financial implications of this decision.

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