A Macarthur support group for Aboriginal carers has been recognised for its contribution to the community at the fourth annual ZEST awards, which celebrate the achievements of the Greater Western Sydney Community Sector.
The Macarthur Yarning Circle initiative received a highly commended award in the category of Exceptional Community Partnership across a region category.
The Macarthur Yarning Circle is a partnership between Northcott, Macarthur Disability Services, Macarthur Community Options and The Haven Project.
“For four years we have partnered with other community organisations to run the Macarthur Yarning Circle,” Northcott’s Macarthur Support Networks coordinator Leanne Franklin said.
“Whether it is food or venues, we share our resources and partner to make sure Indigenous carers have access to this support group.
“The Macarthur Yarning Circle helps meet the recreational and wellbeing needs of Aboriginal Carers by giving them an opportunity to make new friends, share ideas and access the high quality services they need.”
Ms Franklin said around 25 carers are part of the Yarning Circle, which meets monthly at various locations across the Macarthur Region.
“It is an honour to receive this award and I’d like to thank all organisations, staff members and carers involved in the project, for their contribution to the Yarning Circle’s success.”