Published Oct 31 2023
We are very excited to announce that our podcast series, The Care Mosaic, won Bronze at the Signal Podcast Awards, in the General Public Service and Activism category.
Produced by Merri Health for the Carer Gateway program, The Care Mosaic is a seven-episode podcast series that showcases the diverse experiences of carers across Victoria. It reaches into their backgrounds, ideas and aspirations, giving everyday carers a platform to share their stories. It also explores the challenges unpaid carers face daily and highlights their incredible resilience and dedication.
Some of the carers interviewed include Rod, a loving father and husband who is the carer for both his son and wife for over 15 years, and Naomi, a young carer juggling school and caring for her two young brothers and grandma.
Each episode of The Care Mosaic focuses on a specific type of caring relationship, including young carers, carers supporting their ageing parents, carers who are partners and carers from culturally diverse backgrounds. By examining the nature of these relationships and how they intersect with other aspects of carers' lives, the podcast offers insightful exploration of the caregiving experience.
Heleni Bagiartakis, Carer Gateway State Manager says of the series “Carers come from all different walks of life and the nature of care they provide looks incredibly different. Some individuals may have cared for a loved one for most of their life, whereas for others it could be for a short and potentially challenging period. In order to stand-out from other carer focused podcasts, the emphasis is on Victorian carers telling their own individual stories. We’re thrilled at this recognition and hope that it helps illustrate the reality faced by many carers across the State.”
The stories also touch on the support carers have received, including Carer Gateway. Carer Gateway is a free service that supports anyone who is an unpaid carer looking after someone with a disability, mental illness, a medical condition or who is frail due to age.The support includes counselling, coaching, group support, respite and skills courses.