Over the last year, Carers NZ have published the findings of surveys they have conducted on carers in Aotearoa.
• a State of Caring report (August 2022) which exposed consistent key themes such as:
- caring seriously impacts the wellbeing of carers
- formal support for carers is lacking
- the challenges of juggling work, finances and caring are huge
- there is limited access to respite and time out options that work.
• a report detailing the economic contribution and sacrifices made by carers (November 2022)
• an infographic showing the economics contribution of whānau carers (April 2023)
In the light of these findings, a petition has been launched to help carers around the motu.
Please join the Carers Alliance of 56 national not-for-profit agencies in advocating for the establishment of a Minister or Commissioner for family, whānau and āiga (Pacifika families) carers, and the development of protective legislation, programmes and services to sustain carers physically, mentally, and financially.
Petition request: "That the House of Representatives establish a Minister or Commissioner for family carers, and develop protective legislation, programmes, and services to sustain carers physically, mentally, and financially."
Carers Alliance say: "Sign the petition now to help carers get the recognition and support they deserve. Let's make sure that choosing to care for our loved ones is not a path to poverty and burnout. Together, we can make a difference for millions of carers and their families.
Join us now in asking: They Care. We Care. Do you Care?"
Click on this link to sign the petition today – the deadline has now been extended to January 31, 2024.
Please SHARE with your whānau and friends.