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Does someone you know have Parkinson’s? Parkinson’s ACT can help Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition which affects movement and mood. It affects an estimated 1,500 people in the ACT and surrounds. More than that, it affects carers, families and friends. Parkinson’s ACT is a volunteer-run, non-profit organisation providing information, support and education. Our purpose is to promote the well-being and interests of people living with Parkinson’s in the ACT and nearby region. The support of people who share your experience is invaluable. Parkinson's ACT can help.

www.parkinsonsact.org.au | actparkinsons@gmail.com




Art centre reopens with double the space AFTER a period of closure during COVID-19 restrictions and the completion of its $15 million expansion, the Belconnen Arts Centre is ready to open its doors to the community, with a number of exciting exhibitions and events. The centre, which is now double its original size, includes an extra 160 square metres of exhibition space and a new 400-seat theatre. The Belconnen Arts Centre artistic director and co-CEO, Monika McInerney, hopes the centre becomes a place where artists and the community connect with each other to make memories, share stories and create new work. “It’s an exciting time for us. We are blessed to be able to have the capacity and room to safely bring people into the space,” says Monika, whose team has devised some wonderful programs for people to “explore, engage in and gather” both inside the centre and online. Four exhibitions are opening this week, including Ngunnawal elder Loretta Halloran’s first solo exhibi-

tion, which celebrates her love of working with clay and connection to her Ngunnawal culture. Another exhibition titled “Kamberra” by Marissa McDowell and Lisa Fuller, explores local traditional owners, their connections to country, as well as diverse communities who’ve lived here for years, decades and in some cases, generations. In the other exhibitions, local artist David Roberts will exhibit “It’s Elementary”, featuring acrylic paintings inspired by the elements and Julie Bradley’s “Evocation” is a mixed-media exhibition that invokes spiritual connections to land. Monika says she is very excited to work with local artists and offer new residencies and opportunities for collaboration as well as explore what the new theatre space will be able to offer. Belconnen Arts Centre, 118 Emu Bank, Belconnen. Visit belcoarts.com.au

Bringing balance back to carers’ lives FOR 25 years, Carers ACT, a Carer Gateway service delivery partner, has been dedicated to supporting unpaid family and friend carers through a range of support services to carers in the ACT. Services include counselling, online coaching, emergency and planned respite, peer support and a dedicated carer planner. Canberra resident Joanne became the carer of her 45-year-old brother, pictured, who lives with an intellectual disability, when her elderly mother found it too much to care for him, and says it was a stressful time and a big adjustment for everyone when he relocated from country NSW to the ACT. Struggling to juggle work with being a carer and

family life, a friend suggested that Joanne call Carer Gateway to get help. “When I found the time to call and got through to Carers ACT, what a godsend it has been. My care planner really listened to me and understood,” she says. “We are working on an action plan with the aim of bringing my life back into balance. It’s early days yet in my caring journey, but I feel with the support of Carers ACT and the Carer Gateway, I am on a path to success.” Carer Gateway, visit carergateway.gov.au or call 1800 422737.

Carers ACT is the delivery partner of Carer Gateway services in the ACT







What is Carer Gateway?

Carer Gateway provides phone and online services for unpaid family and friends carers.

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Who is Carer Gateway for?

If you assist a family member or friend who has a disability, dementia, a chronic or mental illness or is frail aged, then Carer Gateway could help you.

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