Young carers are children or young people, 25 years or under, who help care for someone in their family who has a disability, mental illness, drug and/or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness or who is frail.
Young carers are a hidden carer group, often not acknowledged for their caring contribution. It is estimated that 104,500 young people, aged 25 or under, living in NSW are carers [i].
While caring can result in positive outcomes for young people, for example gaining important skills and developing close family bonds; research shows that young carers face a range of challenges and difficulties associated with their caring role.
Young carers are less likely than their non-carer counterparts to complete their education and participate in employment; young carers often have a lack of time to participate in social and recreational activities; and many experience both physical and mental health problems as a result of caring [ii].
The Carers NSW Young Carer Program was developed to make a positive difference in the lives of young carers and their families through a range of initiatives aimed at reducing these challenges and increasing opportunities for positive outcomes.
The Young Carer Program supports and connects young carers through:
The Young Carer Program is funded by Family and Community Services, Ageing, Disability and Home Care and the Australian Government Department of Social Services.
[ii} Cass, B, Brennan, D, Thomson, C, Hill, T, Purcal, C, Hamilton, M, and Adamson, E (2011) Young carers: Social policy impacts of the caring responsibilities of children and young adults, Report prepared for ARC Linkage Partners, October 2011.
The Young Carer Bursary Programme aims to assist young carers in greatest need, to continue to study and to relieve the financial pressure on them to undertake part-time work whilst also studying and providing care.
Applications for the 2017 Young Carer Bursary Programme have now closed. Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by the end of November 2016.
Find out more:
Phone:1800 756 238
Carers NSW acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land, Elders past and present and all Aboriginal people.