Northern Carers Network is a not for profit, grass roots, community organisation funded through the State and Federal Government to provide support to Carers living in the northern metropolitan region of Adelaide.
Our organisation is Carer driven, providing flexible and responsive support to assist Carers in maintaining their health and well-being so they can continue in their caring role.
Our aim is to support Carers in their caring role, through counselling, information, support, advocacy, respite and link them to appropriate services in their local community.
Carers are people who care for a family member or friend with a disability, chronic illness or who are frail aged.
Some carers may provide up to 24 hour nursing aid in an unpaid capacity to support a family member or friend with high care needs, often with little or no training at all. Others may care for family and friends who are fairly independent but may need someone to keep an eye on them or help with them with daily tasks.
To support Carers in their caring role Northern Carers Network provides a range of services as follows:
Advisory and Information Service
Our advisory and information service assists Carers to navigate and link to the services they need. Importantly it ensures Carers are better informed about support options and benefits they are entitled to.
Bi- Monthly Newsletter
The bi-monthly newsletter is designed to keep Carers in touch with what is happening at NCN. The contents are light and newsy with items, stories or tips from Carers. It contains information about up & coming events, courses & groups and kind words of encouragement and comfort. View all our newsletters here.
Carer Education Courses
NCN offers a variety of workshops and courses e.g. Introduction to Caring, Living with Memory Loss, Stress Management, Health and Wellbeing & Manual Handling, utilizing the expertise of staff or brokering expertise from relevant professionals.
Counselling and Psychology Services
Non-therapeutic counselling and psychology services can be provided to the Carer upon request, they may choose to do this on an individual basis or in a group environment. The availability of both telephone and face-to-face options enables Carers to access support in a timely manner.
This is offered to Carers to ensure they are able to access the supports they need in the comfort of their home if they are unable to come to us.
Support Groups are held on a monthly or fortnightly basis, and assist in breaking down the isolation of caring, providing opportunities for Carers to share their experiences, and support each other in their Caring Roles. NCN offers a mix of information and expertise through shared experiences of others in fellowship, fun and a chance to let off steam. View all our support groups here.
Social Activities/Carer Day Out
These are fun, relaxing and provide Carers with time out from their caring role. It gives them the opportunity to meet & share the day with other Carers, enjoy an uninterrupted meal, relieving them of worry & stress for a short period of time. Whilst activities incur a small contribution it does not deter anyone.
Flexible Respite Program
The Flexible Respite Program offers packages of up to 3 hours per week or 12 hours per month. Priority for access: People caring for a person who is 65 plus or younger disabled over 18. Carers are able to choose when they need the respite; how they use their hours or whether it is in home or from home respite. Specialized packages are available to the Aboriginal and CALD communities within the Flexible Respite Program.
phone 8284 0388
fax 8284 0399
Northern Carers Network offers access to a range of Support Groups for Carers. Some are specialised and others are more general. Some groups meet monthly and some fortnightly. Some share coffee and a chat and others hear from guest speakers or go out and about. What they all have in common is they provide an opportunity for Carers to connect with people in similar circumstances to their own.