NSW Govenment Thanks Carers


NSW Government says thank you to carers

Nominations are open for the 2015 NSW Carers Awards, which will recognise up to 55 individuals and organisations, plus 10 Highly Commended recipients, across NSW this year.

You can nominate individual unpaid carers who provide exceptional ongoing support to someone who needs it because of disability, chronic illness, mental ill-health, dementia or frail age and organisations that go above and beyond to support carers for a NSW Carers Award. 

One in ten people in NSW are carers. They are ordinary people like your neighbours, colleagues, friends and family members and they face challenges and rewards as a result of their caring role.

With this in mind, who do you know who you’d like to see recognised with a NSW Carers Award during Carers Week this year?

The support that carers provide to people enables them to live independent lives and is fundamental to family life and our community wellbeing. If you need any more convincing about why carers are important, it has been estimated that it would cost more than $40 billion to replace the hours of care provided by Australian carers.

Nominations are open until 29 June 2015. To be eligible, individual carers must not be paid for their caring role although they may receive a pension or government allowance (eg Carer Payment or Allowance).



For further information or to nominate a carer or organisation you know, please visit www.facs.nsw.gov.au/carersawards  

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Dear Families

Lifestart values the feedback, opinions and ideas of the families of the children and young people who access our services.

We would like to know how to make it easy for you to give us feedback and have a say about Lifestart. We want to ensure that families have a voice in our service planning and help us to improve our services.

This survey will take no longer than 3-5 minutes. Your participation is appreciated.

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Baby Proms

Join Lifestart for the next accessible Babies Performances at the Sydney Opera House themed "Country Kids" to be held on Thursday, 14 May 2015 at 10:30am. For details and to book go to - http://www.sydneyoperahouse.com/whatson/kath_15_country_kids_access.aspx

Enjoy a FREE Sing and Play session in the Foyer with a range of mixed play activities facilitated by the Lifestart team, as well as a supported music program based on the musical themes from the Babies Proms performance.

Booking arrangements:

First timers - fill out a booking form on the website to receive a $5 ticket and email it back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "> This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Returning families - Book online and quote the promo code: Lifestart to receive $15 tickets normally $25.

Last month's performance had the children enthralled, singing and dancing. Come and join us. - Enjoy a performance environment that is welcoming to all families with children with disabilities. Patrons are free to come and go from the theater during the performance; theatre lights remain on at low levels and families receive pre-visit materials to help prepare for their visit.