If you’re a primary carer of someone with a disability, there may be times you need a break from your caring role.
Wesley provides a range of respite services and programs for carers and parents of adults and children with disability, and people living with an Acquired Brain Injury.
Respite gives you an opportunity to recharge or focus on other commitments – knowing that the person in your care will be completely supported in your absence. Respite is also a great experience for people with disability to meet new people and try new activities.
Respite for children and young people
Kids Under Kanvas is Wesley’s respite program for children living with disability. Young people across Melbourne, aged eight to 18 years, can come together to enjoy social activities with children their age and with similar disabilities, while giving parents and carers much needed respite.
Young people with disability attend a range of activities including weekend day and overnight camps, outings and family events. Every activity is designed to help participants develop new skills and build confidence in a fun, supported environment.
As a young person, you can be involved in activities such as overnight trips to the beach or snow, museums and movies, outdoor activities like horse riding, zoo and farm visits and sports like swimming, mini golf and bowling.
All activities are led by volunteers who undertake intensive training to help them care for and respond to the needs of each child. To ensure that we have the right skills and experience in our volunteer team to support your child to participate in Kids Under Kanvas activities, please be prepared that it can take some time from your initial enquiry with us to access the program. Our team will explain the intake process to you upon enquiry.
Referrals can be made via your service provider, case manager, hospital/health care workers and/or through your local council. You can also self-refer to Kids Under Kanvas.
Overnight respite for adults
We provide overnight respite at a purpose-built home in Carrum, for adults with disability. This service operates seven days a week, with active night support staff.
Equipped with specialised aids to support the needs of each person in our care, our home provides a safe and enjoyable environment for up to five people at any time.
In addition, we offer specialist nursing care for adults with higher support needs on regular, planned nights throughout the year. We can accommodate up to three adults with complex medical needs, who are supported by a registered nurse alongside our night staff.
Respite for people with high care needs is available throughout the year, please contact us for dates and availability.
Overnight respite bookings can be made three months in advance of a client’s stay by calling (03) 9794 3000. A nominal nightly fee applies.
Adult day respite
We provide regular day respite for adults with disability, providing a short-term break for older carers.
This service is available from 9am – 5pm on nominated days during school holiday periods.
Clients join in a range of recreational activities, which are planned according to participant needs and interests. Activities might include lunch outings, ferry rides, visits to the Melbourne Aquarium or Museum, movies and creative art programs.
Day respite is available to current clients of our respite home in Carrum. We welcome new enquiries on (03) 9794 3000.
ABI recreational respite
This activity program operates in the north west region of Melbourne for people with an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) who live with older carers.
We provide recreational activities for small groups of people who are carefully matched for compatibility, shared interests and similar abilities. Participants can choose from a range of activities, such as lunch outings and visits to local attractions, which are developed in consultation with participants and supported by qualified staff and volunteers.
We aim to deliver fun, safe activities that empower our clients to participate in their community and enjoy social opportunities.
Our aim is always to support the needs of carers and participants, ensuring that carers have a break from their caring role while knowing their loved one is enjoying a supported activity with people they know.