Inside carer's world
THE work of a carer is never done and a small band of volunteers is working tirelessly to ease the load.
Warwick and District Disability Support Group chairman Peter Stacy says a new study shows three-quarters of carers are women and more support needs to be offered to those affected.
Mr Stacy said by the end of their working lives, women tend to have less superannuation and financial means to support themselves and their families, making their job as carers more difficult.
The dedicated dad has been battling to get better services in Warwick for the past 20 years.
He will soon address council with a report, which lists the establishment of both a learning and lifestyle centre and a disability services directory as two of its main priorities.
"The learning and lifestyle centre is an area where people can go to, usually during the day, where they can develop social skills and get additional learning," he said. "They can do meaningful things that enable them to gather the skills to socialise in the community or gain supported employment."
Mr Stacy said employment for people with a disability was immensely important.
"There is an enormous opportunity for the community to recognise that people with a disability have just as much potential to do meaningful work in the community as everyone else," he said.