Carers come from all walks of life, age groups and backgrounds, and each carer’s experience is unique. Read about some of the inspiring carers who we have worked with along their caring journey.
I was about 18 years old when I became a young carer. The father of my children received a diagnosis of schizophrenia and in that moment it felt like my world turned upside down.
David cares for his grandfather, helping him with day-to-day living tasks, but he began to feel burnt out and time-constrained and needed other options.
My name is Amber Nichols and many of you may recognise me as someone from Canberra who competed on The Voice. You may know me as singer, a performer, an entertainer. What you may not know about me is that I too have been a carer.
Miguel, 15, cares for two of his younger siblings, who have epilepsy and attention deficit disorder (ADD), and for his mother.
When Alice developed dementia several years ago her daughter Maree became her full-time carer – a role that turned Maree’s life upside down.
Sally is an Aboriginal woman and a single parent caring for her young son who has severe autism. When things became overwhelming at home she sought help to put her life back on track.
Peter has been caring for his wife Fran for the last ten years. With the introduction of her NDIS package, he was able to resume work but was unsure how to proceed.
Daniel, 31, was born with Down Syndrome. He lives with his mum Sylvia who is his full-time carer. Since Daniel began participating in programs at Carers ACT Daniel has come leaps and bounds and his mum is thrilled with the results
Li is a carer for her daughter Kim, who has a long-term chronic illness. Support groups have given Li a new lease on life.
Odette cares for her ageing mother, but the impact on her family and work life led her to become resentful and frustrated so she sought out counselling to put her life back and couldn’t believe how quickly she got back on track.