Young carers are people aged 5 to 25 who care for a family member or friend who has an illness, disability, a mental health issue or an alcohol or other drug issue.
Do you have a close family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental illness, an alcohol or other drug issue or who is frail aged
Do you help them with any of these tasks:
- taking them to medical appointments, or the hospital?
- helping them to take their medication?
- helping them to wash themselves, or with personal care?
- doing the shopping or cooking?
You might not think of yourself as a young carer, but if you can say yes to any of these things, we might be able to help.
For young carers aged 5 - 12.
Every school holiday we run activities and workshops for young carers aged 5 - 12.
Activities focus on having fun, connecting with other kids who get it, and giving you the chance to express yourself.
In the past, we've had drama days, craft workshops, movie trips and heaps more.
For young carers aged 12 and above
Our young carer peer support group meets regularly and is a chance to relax with people who get it.
Who? Young carers aged 12 and above
What? We make sure there's plenty of time just to chat, but there's usually an activity too. We've had a smoothie making competition, a workshop about wellbeing, and graffiti sessions.
When? Monthy during term time, 5-7.30pm
Where? Malak Family Hub - Catholic Care , 80 Malak Cres, Malak
We also get out and about to other events.
We can support you to balance your caring role and your school, college or uni work
In the past, we've met with school principals to adjust a young carer's timetable around their responsibilities at home, arranged short-term tutoring and helped with the cost of school equipment. Whatever it is you're finding difficult, we'll do what we can to help.
Take a break
Do you ever wish you had a few hours just to yourself?
We can help you figure out what a break from caring would look like to you, and help with the cost of making that happen.
Young Carers Network
The young carers Network is a National online platform where young carers can share stories, connect with other young carers and attend webinars.
Talk it over
Do you ever feel like you just need to talk to someone who gets it?
Our carer counsellors understand some of the challenges you face, and can help you work through them.
We also work with play therapists and drama therapists if 'just talking' isn't right for you. These approaches work really well with younger children.
Young Carer Bursary Program
Each year, a number of bursaries of $3,000 are available to young carers aged 12 – 25 who are engaged in secondary education or higher. Applications open each year in about July.
Find out more about the Bursary ( link to http://youngcarers.net.au/young-carer-bursary-program/)