Carer Support

iStock_000016087071MediumIf you are caring for someone with memory loss or dementia, there is a range of information and support services to assist you. It is important that you look after your own health and well-being and take opportunities for respite. For information on using respite in the Illawarra Shoalhaven, please visit our sister website:

The Illawarra Carelink and Respite Centre provides information and support to carers and links to respite services in the region. They also provide 24 hour emergency respite in times of carer stress and crisis.

  • Illawarra Carelink and Respite Centre: 1800 052 222

You may like to join a carer support support group (see below) or consider a range of care options including:

Carer Counselling

Alzheimer’s Australia offers a FREE counselling service to partners, relatives or friends of a person diagnosed with dementia and for people who have early stage dementia. It is a confidential service where you are able to develop an ongoing relationship with a fully qualified counsellor. The counsellor understands the issues involved in facing a diagnosis of dementia and can be there for you at different stages during the journey. It can be a meeting in person, over the phone or via Skype.

  • Contact: 1800 100 500 (free call) and ask about counselling in Wollongong. A counsellor will call you back to make an appointment.

You can also contact the Carers NSW Talk it Over Carer Line: 1800 242 636

Carer Support Groups

Carer support groups are organised so that carers can connect with other carers and receive information and advice on a regular basis. They are run by a range of organisations in different areas of the Illawarra and Shoalhaven. You can download a Directory of Support Groups in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions or check the table below for details:

Bay and Basin Carers GroupBay and Basin Community Centre1pm – 3pmMeets on the last Thursday of each month4443 3434
Carer’s Café, KiamaJoyce Wheatley Community Centre, Hindmarsh Park, Kiama1-3pmSecond Friday of the month4232 0475
Corrimal Dementia Carers Support GroupBottlebrush Room, Corrimal Community Centre, Short Street, Corrimal 10am – 12.30pmSecond Wednesdays of the month4229 5926
Greek Carers Support Group Cringila Community Health Centre,
Cringila Multi Purpose Centre,
Lake Avenue, Cringila
10am - 12pmThird Wednesday of the month42216 790
Italian Dementia Carers Support Group Illawarra Master Builders Club, 61 Church St, Wollongong 10am - 12pmFourth Wednesday of the month42216789
Kiama Open Carer Support GroupIRT Harbourside Common Room, Bong Bong St, 30 Terralong St, Kiama10am - 12pmThird Thursday4232 0475
Macedonian Carer Support GroupPort Kembla Senior Citizens Centre, Allan Street Port Kembla10am - 12pmSecond Wednesday of the month 4275 2266 (head office)
Multicultural Dementia Carer Support GroupLocation changes monthly, please call to confirm10am - 12pmSecond Wednesday of the month4276 4364
Multicultural Memory Loss Carer Support GroupIllawarra Yacht Club, 1 Northcliffe Drive, Warrawong10am - 12.30pmThird Tuesday of the month4276 4364
Nowra Carers Support Group39 Holloway Rd Nowra10.30am – 12.30pmFourth Wednesday of the month4421 0975
Portugese Carer Support groupSouth Coast Portuguese Association 129 Flagstaff Rd Warrawong 11am - 1pmFirst Tuesday of the month4274 3664
Serbian Speakers Carer Support GroupChurch Hall, 82 Kenny Street Wollongong or alternate venue please call to confirm10am - 12pmFirst Monday of the month4275 2266 (Macedonian Welfare Association)
Ulladulla Carers Support GroupUlladulla Community Health Centre Princes Highway (or alternative venues)12.30 - 3pmThird Monday of the month4455 5366
Warilla Dementia Carers Support GroupWarilla Bowling & Recreation Club, Jason Ave, Barrack Heights. 10am - 12pmFirst Tuesday of the month4297 1011 (Carunya)
Wollongong Dementia Carers Support Group MeetingIllawarra Master Builders Club, Church St, Wollongong10.30 - 12pmFourth Tuesday of the month 4297 1011 (Carunya)
Younger Onset Dementia Carers Support GroupCommunity Gateway Hub, Wollonong or Carunya, Warilla10am - 12pmFirst Thursday of every month1300 657 473 (Kate Troy)
Younger Onset Dementia Cafe Group WollongongTBA10am - 12pmFourth Tuesday of every month1800100500 (Sandra Kay)
Younger Onset Dementia Support Group MiltonCoastal Indulgence Cafe, 107-109 Princes Highway, Milton10am - 12pmThird Wednesday of Month0438 702418 (Sandra Kay)

Key Contacts

  • National Dementia Helpline:
    • 1800 100 500
  • Dementia Advisory Service:
    • Illawarra: 4296 6747
    • Shoalhaven: 4422 9583
  • Illawarra Carelink and Respite Centre: 1800 052 222

Links to Information