At Carers ACT, we know that being a young carer can be a rewarding experience but it can also be overwhelming at times, trying to balance study, friends and caring. Regardless of age, no carer has to go it alone.
Who are Young Carers?
Young carers are people up to the age of 25 years old who help a family member who has ongoing health issues, a disability or a mental illness. Often, the family member is a parent, a sibling or a grandparent.
Many young carers perform tasks not normally undertaken by others in their age group. Responsibilities can include shopping, cooking meals, looking after younger siblings, doing housework, helping with mobility, providing emotional supports, taking care of medications, managing family finances, helping communicate and personal care.
How We Can Help Young Carers
We can help you by:
- giving you information and advice;
- offering scholarships and assistance with education costs;
- referring you to counselling and/or support groups;
- arranging short-term replacement care so you can have a break;
- organising groups and activities with other young carers.
If you are a school-aged young carer struggling with the balance of your caring role and managing your school life, we can help by:
- organising tuition to help with school work;
- assisting young carers to attend school activities;
- working with teachers to help students balance their caring role and schoolwork;
- talking to your school about young carers;
- helping your school form a young carers group.
Carer Gateway – Your New Way to Access Support
From 1st of April 2010 Young Carers will need to access support through the new Carer Gateway
Have a read of this set of information sheets for school-aged carers which cover a range of topics and are full of helpful tips, advice and information for accessing supports and dealing with friends, teachers and doctors.
Teachers Guide to Young Carers
Did you know, that on average:
- there are 2 – 3 young carers in every Australian classroom
- there are around 490,000 young carers around Australia
- almost half of young carers don’t finish high school because of their caring role
- 2 in 3 experience mental illness.
If you are a teacher, or work in a school, read our Young Carers Factsheet – Teachers Guide for more information about supporting school-aged carers.
Young Carer Bursary Program
The Young Carer Bursary Program provides a $3000 12 month financial support to young carers between the ages of 12 and 25 who are engaged in education. The bursary aims to help relieve financial pressure for young carers while they combine studying and their caring responsibilities.
The Young Carer Bursary Program opens each year in late July and closes in early September. Keep an eye on the website, or Like Us on Facebook, for updates.
With thanks to the Shaw Building Group, we have a unique opportunity to support all carers in pursuing and developing their education and training qualifications through studies at CIT or university.The scholarship (up to $5000) is open to carers of any age and applications are open all year round through this website.
National Young Carers
Don’t forget to connect with the National Young Carers website that has great resources for young carers as well as for educators and medical professionals.