Carers provide unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, mental illness, chronic condition, terminal illness, and alcohol or other drug issue or are frail aged.

Carers & Work is an initiative that recognises that carers of people with mental illness face particular barriers to pursuing vocational options such as training, studying, up-skilling and paid employment due to the unpredictability and episodic nature of mental illness.

Carers unable to participate in the workforce are impacted economically, emotionally and socially. They are more likely to experience poor mental health, financial stress and depression and have poorer physical health outcomes.

JobCo. can assist people seeking employment and support whilst maintaining their caring role by improving their confidence and overall wellbeing, with the aim to building better and strong relationships.

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Who is eligible?

You must be a carer who is caring for (or in the previous two years have ceased long time care of) a person who has an diagnosed or undiagnosed mental illness.

A carer whose goal is to seek employment, volunteer, up skill or re-engage in education.

Resides in the following areas:

  • Brimbank (Melton)
  • Darebin
  • Hume
  • Whittlesea
  • Nillumbik
  • Banyule
What does the program offer?

  • Resume/Cover Letter Assistance
  • Navigating employment service systems
  • Workplace advocacy and education
  • Connect with training opportunities
  • Confidence building
  • Increase community engagement, capacity and choices
  • Assistance to manage or deal with family problems
  • Free Counselling
  • Supporting carers in their caring roll
How is the program delivered?

  • We provide a flexible program to meet your needs and assist you in ways that suit your situation best
  • We come to you or meet you at a café for a coffee and offer one-to–one assistance
More Information

To speak to someone, call our Fitzroy office on (03) 9415 6088.

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