There are more than 700,000 unpaid carers in Victoria alone, and they are as diverse as the people they care for.
Carers provide unpaid care and support to their partners, family and friends with care needs. This includes people with a disability, mental illness, terminal illness, chronic illness and older people.
Meet Patricia, Jacqueline, Stephanie and Ruth. They welcome us into their daily lives and share tips for balancing caring roles, work, school and family.
This ‘Wisdom’ video series showcases Victoria's diverse community of unpaid carers and the incredible stories of love, duty and resilience that connect them.
Join the conversation and share your top tips for fellow carers using #VicCarerWisdom online.
Learn more about the resources available for unpaid carers at the:
"Remain calm and be connected to the community and to the services. Through the services, you're going to find a way." [Extract]
“If you’ve just become a young carer, know that it will be hard… and that’s okay. But there is good support out there and it’ll be worthwhile in the end.”
“You will have to advocate for yourself and your kids and that’s okay. You’re allowed to make a noise because you’re doing the right thing. There are amazing things about every person, and that’s what you’re fighting for.”
“Don’t be afraid to ask questions and don’t be afraid to ask for help. It’s there for you if you need it.”