Carers Group is a support network for carers of children with a parent or relative involved in the criminal justice system. The group provides the members with emotional support in a communal setting with members who have similar experiences, or one-to-one time in an informal and non-judgmental setting where they can be confident and comfortable.
At regular meetings, usually once a fortnight, the group facilitator presents information to assist the carers with issues as diverse as financial management, cooking, educational improvement and parenting. This is prepared by a guest speaker, an agency visit or information given to the group gathering within the centre.
On the weeks between group sessions, one-to-one sessions focus on the needs of individuals which may result in a referral to local agencies that can assist them further with housing, counselling or other matters.