Did you know that one in five households in our community have a Carer or someone in need of care? With figures like that, chances are you or someone you know are providing unpaid care and support to family members and friends who have a disability, an illness, alcohol or other drug related issues, or who are frail aged.

We understand that while caring for someone is a deeply rewarding experience, it can also be very demanding.

We also understand that sometimes Carers just need a bit of help. Making time for you is important for your health and wellbeing, and it can make your caring role a lot easier.

So we are honoured to provide short-term respite for unpaid carers of adults with a disability who live at home on the Central Coast through our Inclusive Community Education Program (ICEP).

Since it began in 2010, ICEP has helped 80 adults with a disability break down social isolation, build social networks and enjoy leisure activities, while giving their Carers a break from their caring role.

We were thrilled to hear these Carers experiencing reduced stress levels and an improved ability to cope with the demands of caring, as well as the excitement of watching the person they care for gain new skills and independence.

We believe caring is a shared community responsibility and we are committed to continue helping carers keep on caring.

Central Coast Community College has been funded by Ageing, Disability and Home Care (ADHC), NSW Department of Family and Community Services, to continue delivering ICEP for the next three years.