The Belgravia Foundation have recently been awarded the “Supporting Carers Locally” Grant. The grant was awarded in acknowledgement of carers in the local community who often sacrifice their own needs, health and wellbeing to support those for whom they provide care. Research has confirmed that carers often have poorer physical and mental health than others and are often overlooked in local communities. Belgravia Leisure has made inclusion and access a national priority and has worked closely with the Belgravia Foundation to promote inclusion for the benefit of communities.
The “Supporting Carers Locally” grant will enable the Belgravia Foundation to fund a project that will connect carers to weekly programs and social activities offered in 12 leisure centres operated by Belgravia Leisure across metropolitan, urban fringe and country locations. Adhering to the 7 Pillars of Inclusion, and following a community engagement process led by in-place Community Engagement Coordinators or Inclusion Coordinators, each venue will use connections and collaborations with local government and care-related organisations to engage carers in a suite of health and wellbeing programs that suit the expressed needs and interests of participants, NOT a one-size-ﬁts-all approach. Accentuating this, carers will be connected at no cost to a suite of health-related services, such as a health appraisal by an Exercise Physiologist, and when health status criteria are met, guidance to free health professional led healthy lifestyle programs like the Life! program, NDIS, or Medicare as examples.
In line with Belgravia Leisure’s workforce diversiﬁcation strategy, opportunities for employment and volunteering will be promoted to carers. In further support of carers, this project will promote program and service options for those they care for to participate, with many of these funded by government initiatives (e.g. NDIS).
Jackson Taylor MP, State Member for Bayswater, said “I’m so pleased to have been able to go into bat for Belgravia Foundation, securing a $18,480 grant to support our local carers. This grant will go towards assisting carers, that dedicate their time to helping others. They need this the most. I’m proud to have been able to work with Belgravia, a great organisation based right here in Bayswater.”
Belgravia Leisure is delighted to support the Belgravia Foundation on the “Supporting Carers Locally” grant to provide a greater network of support for carers in the local community.