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MACE Secures $60,000 Grant to Extend Respite Support for Unpaid Carers

MACE is thrilled to announce the successful approval of a $60,000 grant from the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing, as part of the Victorian Governm

ent's commitment to supporting unpaid carers. This funding will facilitate the expansion of support for carers in the local community, enhancing social connectedness and reduce isolation amongst carers, catering to the diverse needs of carers over the next two years.

The Victorian Government's initiative, which allocates a total of $18 million to 50 organisations, aims to enhance respite options for unpaid carers through both traditional and innovative approaches. MACE and Rosehaven Hospice are honoured to be among the selected recipients, recognising the vital role that respite plays in allowing carers to take a well-deserved break while ensuring the continuity of quality care.

With this $60,000 grant, MACE, in collaboration with Rosehaven, is committed to providing additional respite opportunities for unpaid carers, aligning with the unique requirements and schedules of each individual. This initiative seeks to not only alleviate the challenges faced by carers but also to extend respite services to rural and regional areas, as well as to diverse communities within our region.

Kylie Richards, CEO at MACE, expressed gratitude for the government's support, stating, "This funding is a testament to the dedication of our organisations in making a meaningful impact on the lives of people in our community. We are excited to use this grant to enhance social connectedness and reduce isolation among carers and enhance Rosehaven’s respite services, ensuring that carers have the flexibility and support they need to maintain their well-being."

The collaboration between MACE and Rosehaven Hospice exemplifies the power of community partnerships in addressing the needs of unpaid carers. By working together, these organisations aim to create a more robust and accessible respite network, fostering a supportive environment for carers and those under their care.

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing's investment in MACE underscores the government's commitment to recognising and valuing the critical contributions of unpaid carers. The grant will not only facilitate immediate relief for carers but also contribute to the long-term sustainability of caregiving in our community.

If you or someone you know could benefit from this program, please contact MACE on 5775 2077, or email

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