A family care networking service provider has teamed up with a national charity to help families in need with the cost of providing family care.
The grant has been awarded to a New Zealand organisation called the Family Care Network, which helps families with home care and carers’ support to help pay for home care costs.
The network, which provides home care, supports people to connect with other family carers, as well as support those in their 20s and 30s with access to employment, training and skills.
The funding comes from the New Zealand Government’s Social Care Fund, which supports the work of community and community-based organisations.
“It’s an opportunity for us to help people in our community get out of the financial trap they’re currently stuck in,” said CEO and CEO of the FamilyCare Network, Chris Stott.
“We’ve been in a very precarious financial position for quite a while, and we’re seeing a huge amount of people in need.”
Mr Stott said the grant will allow the network to work with community-funded organisations to connect people to resources to help them pay for their home care.
“With these funds, we can get people in their early 20s off the streets and back on their feet, which is a huge help to people.”
Mr and Mrs Stott are hoping to use the grant to expand their network.
“Our plan is to give people access to the skills they need to get back into the workforce, get jobs, get a second job, to be able to start a family,” Mr Stott explained.
“And that’s going to be very, very hard to do without a family, so we’re going to have to make sure we’re doing the best we can to give them access to a family.”
The grant comes as the New South Wales Government is making $1.4 billion in new funding for social care.
Earlier this month, the state’s Minister for Social Services, John Kaye, announced that the state was making $6.2 billion in additional funding for community care.