The Victorian Support for Carers Program is funded by the Victorian Government for unpaid carers. An unpaid carer is a person providing care to another person with care needs. A carer may look after a partner, family member, friend or someone else who needs support. Carers can be of any age, from any culture or country, and any socio-economic background. Carers may be employed or not employed. A carer might not live with the person for whom they care.
The Victorian Support for Carers Program provides person centred respite and other support to carers:
- One-off or short term support for carers including goods and equipment, that can add to other services or fill service gaps
- Support to people in a care relationship, and at the same time and place if people want to be together while having the support service
- Supporting people's wellbeing – quality of life, physical and mental wellbeing, social activity and or social connections. For example, carers can get respite with social, health and other support.