What’s Happening at FBC…

Counselling, Support Information and Advocacy, Carer Support Program 2018 (CSIA)


About the CSIA Program

Family Based Care’s 2018 CSIA program provides Carers with a number of opportunities for information, support, resilience and skills training. The Program includes;

    • Attendance at local community events to provide information and carers resources,
    • Offering non therapeutic counselling sessions in a centre based or informal settings.
    • “Café Chats” Enjoy a coffee and a chat with Bonnie Murfett each Saturday at a variety of Cafes across the North West Coast, an opportunity to seek advice, information and non therapeutic counselling in an informal setting,
    • “Inclusion Café” Is a free social luncheon for carers of the frail aged and disabled to network and receive support information and advocacy assistance commencing 3rd April once per fortnight at the Burnie Uniting Church Hall.
    • Rural and regional information sessions across the NW Coast for carers from Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island Communities (ATSI), and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds and those providing Kin care to grandchildren and other family members and,
    • Inclusion ARRTS Program is a 12 week Arts program for the disabled and their carers to build resilience, teamwork and receive support information and advocacy regarding disability, NDIS and other services. Based in the Burnie Uniting Church the program culminates in a showcase week that is open to the public.

Café Chats

Do you need advice and support to help you in your role as a Carer? Do you provide unpaid care for a family member or friend who has a disability, mental health issue or who is aged? Café Chats offers Carers the opportunity to meet with FBC’s Counsellor Bonnie Murfet, who can help you work through your personal situation.

Cafe Chats – May and June

During May and June Cafe Chats is being held at the Burnie Linc on the following dates:

Saturday, 5th May
Saturday 19th May
Saturday 9th and 23rd June

Click on the link to access the Café Chat’s Facebook for venue and times of sessions  Cafe Chats – Supporting NW Tas Carers

Community  Information Sessions 

Wynyard Events

Dementia Education (including Younger Onset Dementia) and Uniting Age Well Transition Care Program 

When:                  Thursday, 24th May
Where:                 Wynyard Bowls Club, 15 Park Street, Wynyard
Registration:     10 am –10.30am including morning tea
Start:                    Information Session Commence – 10.30 am with Lunch: From 12.30pm

For further information contact Fiona Blenkhorn at Family Based Care on freecall  1800 684 098.

Inclusion Cafe

  • Social Luncheons/Inclusion Cafe –  held each Tuesday fortnight at the Uniting Church in Burnie.  Enjoy a delicious lunch and make new friendships. A wonderful opportunity for Carers and Care Recipients to enjoy a social outing together or for the Carer to enjoy time for self care. The next luncheon will be held on Tuesday 15th May with others to follow on 29  May 2018, 12 June 2018 and 26 June 2018.

For further information contact Fiona Blenkhorn at Family Based Care on freecall 1800 684 098.

Other Events Happening Across the NW Coast

  •  Inclusion Arts for Respite, Resilience and Skills” (ARRTS)An exciting program soon to commence providing a variety of opportunities for people living with disability and their carers to share stories, enjoy new experiences and provide our community the opportunity to attend an exciting production. Venues to be announced soon.
  • Culturally appropriate information sessions – Soon to commence on the North West Coast,  for those who are living in our communities who are Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander or from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Backgrounds, to provide information and links to appropriate services and support.

Carers Hub

Family Based Care’s Carers Hub is a place where Carers may drop by for a coffee and a chat and to pick up information and resources about other services and support networks across the community. The Carers Hub is located at 192 Wilson Street, Burnie.

Search our Family Based Care Facebook page, view our website or contact Family Based Care on 1800 684 098 for further information and details about the exciting new programs for 2018!


A Carers Support Information and Advocacy Program funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services