What is a Young Carer?
A Young Carer is a person aged between 5 and 25 years whose life is impacted by the care needs of someone who experiences:
- a chronic or long-term illness
- a physical or intellectual disability
- a mental illness
- an alcohol or drug problem
- dementia or is frail or aged
The person they help care for might be a parent, sibling, their own child, a grandparent, another relative or maybe a friend.
The role of each Young Carer differs. They may perform practical tasks, including personal care, and provide emotional support.
Young Carer Support Groups aim to provide:
- peer support
Carers & disAbility Link advocates for Young Carers both individually and as a group.
We aim to inform school staff of the presence of Young Carers and the impact that caring can have on a student's life.
Young Carers are often overwhelmed with telling their story at each service point, or to many workers and teachers.
We can lessen this burden and make seeking help easier.
Our advocacy can enable your voice to be heard.
Our young carers program aims to provide
Carers & disAbility Link is committed
- to the safety and well-being of children and the protection of children from harm, and
- to providing an environment where children feel respected, valued and encouraged to reach their full potential.
Carers & disAbility Link aims to provide Young Carers with:
- time away from your caring role
- a safe and fun environment for socialising and sharing
- a network of friends and contacts
- assistance in finding a balance between your caring role and your goals
- life skills
- self care
- connection to useful organisations and services
- people who understand and can respond to the unique needs of Young Carers