Penrith Women's Health Centre
Camp for Senior Women Carers from a CALD Background
October 2017 - October 2018
Senior women from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds who undertake a caring role for their loved ones can often feel isolated as they don't have an immediate family support network in Australia.
As a result, many CALD women suffer from anxiety and depression and have limited opportunities to socialise and take a break from their caring responsibilities.
Penrith Women's Health Centre is a feminist organisation that provides health services which foster good health and wellbeing in a safe environment which is open to all women.
With our funding support, PWHC will provide a two night adventure camp for Wonderful Wise Women, a group of senior women of CALD backgrounds who act in a carer capacity.
The camp will take place at the Hawkesbury River and will provide opportunities for the women, aged between 59-85 to socialise, have fun and become involved in physical and mental health and wellbeing learning and activities.
The camp aims to enhance the women's knowledge, wellbeing and connectivity with each other, creating an inclusive community and promoting the importance of taking care of one's physical and mental health.
The senior CALD women often have little opportunity to venture far from where they live due to the constant demands of their role as carer. The camp provides these women with the opportunity to experience a short getaway, enabling them to relax and rejuvenate in the wonderful natural surrounds of the Hawkesbury River.
Through this project, PWHC aims to help participants feel more positive about their lives and their ability to cope; gain confidence in their physical abilities; and ultimately gain more confidence in themselves.
The program will also offer the senior CALD women an opportunity to further develop relationships, tolerance of differences and more awareness and acceptance of each other's backgrounds and stories; creating a support network for these women to reach out to when in times of need.
To find out more about the project visit www.penrithwomenshealthcentre.com.