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Carer Kōrero are a new initiative by carers, for carers. The concept is supported by the team at Te Atatū Community Centre.

The purpose is to provide a support group for people who are caring for loved ones with life-limiting conditions – which can be so rewarding but also extremely challenging. Having vital connections with others in similar circumstances can provide a sense of support and connection, and help carers to navigate the demands of this often unfamiliar territory.

Carer Kōrero are casual drop-in sessions held every month at the Te Atatū Peninsula Library. They are open to everyone who is caring for someone in their lives, which may be a spouse, parent, child or even a friend. It’s a safe and comfortable space for people to share their experiences and feelings, ask questions, and learn from each other. There is also no pressure to join in – sitting and listening is just as welcome as sharing.

Sessions are facilitated by Nicola, who is a part-time caregiver for her husband. Over a cuppa and biscuits, Nicola gently guides the conversation to topics that attendees feel like discussing on the day. This may include any number of subjects: isolation, sleep issues, physical and mental challenges, cultural influences, expectations and assumptions, what is/isn’t helping, guilt and resentment, sustaining a job, social barriers and financial challenges are just some of the topics discussed at past sessions. Hospice West Auckland is also there to offer support and advice.

There are plans to expand Carer Kōrero to other community locations.

Carer Kōrero: 10:30am – 12:00pm, first Thursday of every month, Te Atatū Peninsula Library. No registration required, just drop in. All welcome.