24 October 2018

Our second South Australian carers camp held at Glenbarr brought foster carers together for a rare opportunity to connect and build relationships.

In October 2018, Life Without Barriers held its second Carers Camp in South Australia, providing a wonderful opportunity for relationship building between carers, children and young people. Run by the Placement Support Team, 25 families participated in the three-day camping event at Glenbarr.

Activities ranged from a Smoking Ceremony, to fun with the Living Arts program and basketball coaching. However, it was the interactions between all those who took part that was the real highlight.

“It was heart warming to see the connections and friendships that many of the children made with each other, especially given many usually struggle to develop peer relationships”

Helen Jeffreys, Operations Manager at Life Without Barriers SA.

Life Without Barriers supports over 2000 foster and kinship carers who provide a loving and safe home for children and young people while they are unable to live with family. Feedback from our foster carers often centres on wanting to meet other carers who have ‘walked in their shoes’ as a foster carer, as it is such a unique role. Carer camps and carer get-togethers are just one of the way we support carers to support each other.

Image: Children and carers took part in many activities including zorbing, a smoking ceremony, basketball and a petting zoo

Feedback from carers was also overwhelmingly positive and many have continued the supportive relationships formed during the camp since returning home.

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