CARERS and those they care for joined staff from Catholic Community Services for lunch in the Botanic Garden in Coffs Harbour yesterday.
This week is Carers Week and the excursion and lunch were a new departure for the service, which arranged to pick up and transport their guests so they could enjoy the outing.
The roll-up of 25 at the lunch included five paid staff, who assist volunteer carers by providing respite, allowing the full-time carers to go out, perhaps play a game of golf or go shopping.
The service is funded by government packages.
The Catholic Community Ser-vices provides non-denominational support for 30 families in Coffs Harbour, Bellingen Dorrigo and Woolgoolga.
The senior co-ordinator for Catholic Community Services, Jan Cullen, said they wanted to support carers, celebrate their role and reflect on the contribution they make.
“Caring can be really, really rewarding, but it can also be socially isolating,” Mrs Cullen said.
“Who cares for the carers?
“Often they don't get the support they need.”