Some TLC for our VIP carers

By Riverine Herald

CARERS are for life — and for one week every year they’re commitment is celebrated.

October 14-20 is national carers week and Community, Living and Respite Services (CLRS) is celebrating the work of local carers with a morning and afternoon tea at the Murray River Tea Rooms.

Faye Berryman and her grandson Ashley Stone are involved at CLRS — Faye in the op shop and Ashley a client.

Ashley lives at home on the farm with mum and dad in Lancaster and spends two or three nights a week with Faye in Echuca while he’s working with CLRS.

“He loves coming here, it’s like he owns the place,” Faye said.

“Every morning before we come in he asks, ‘are we going to have fun today grandma?’ I always say yes — and he does. It’s as simple as that.”

And the benefits are two-fold, as Faye has the chance to get some odd jobs done around her house with the help of Ashley.

“When he does stay he takes great care of us — he does a lot on the farm with mum and dad and looks after us when he comes to stay,” Faye said.

CLRS’s Sandra Carey said the pair embody CLRS’s ideology of helping those who help others.

“The purpose of community living and respite is to give people like Ashley and other clients a chance to be active in the community but also to give parents and carers a bit of a rest,” she said.

“It also offers support for carers — as everyone needs help — whether it’s mums, dads or partners caring for someone.”

The carers morning and afternoon teas will be held at the Murray River Tea Rooms at 10 Meninya St, Moama on Monday, October 15 from 10-11.30am and 2-3.30pm.

For more information or to RSVP by October 11, call 54802388 or email