Community spotlight: Mpower Incorporated

In Victoria, more than 700,000 carers provide unpaid support to their partners, family and friends with care needs. This can include people with a disability, mental illness, chronic illness or medical condition, terminal illness or ageing related support needs.
1 December 2023

As part of a $38 million investment in the Additional respite for carers program, 50 organisations have been funded for two years to help give unpaid carers, especially those in regional and rural communities, the opportunity to take a well-deserved break. 

Mpower Incorporated is one of the organisations that received funding from the department over the 2023–24 and 2024–25 financial years as part of this program.

Mpower was founded in 1975, when a small group of families in Warrnambool started working together to develop programs and provide support to people with disability and their families. They offer a range of services and community programs across south-west Victoria, with the vision to empower people of all ages and abilities.

Carers face many challenges when trying to access respite. Overnight respite in the home can be expensive, it may not be included in a child’s NDIS plan, or it may not be possible due to rural isolation. 

This funding means Mpower can support the health and wellbeing of 80 more carers across the region. This includes working, parent, rural and regional carers experiencing mental and physical stress. 

Carers can participate in a weekend retreat, with a range of activities offered in the lead up that are designed to develop ongoing connection between participants. The activities are a mix of weekday, weekend and after-hours events so that all carers can attend. This funding is also being used to provide respite for people who receive care. 

Mpower’s funded programs aim to give carers a break, reduce their stress, help them connect with fellow carers, and support positive family relationships.

For the full list of organisations funded, visit Additional support for unpaid carers.