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For young carers and their families

Information and free resources for young carers, their parents and guardians who would like to learn more about young carers in NSW or who are looking for support.

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Young carers are children and young people aged 25 years or under, who help to support a family member or friend living with disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependency, chronic condition, terminal illness, or who is ageing or frail.

Every young carer is an individual with unique circumstances and responsibilities, and the word ‘carer’ can be confusing. Young carers are children, siblings, grandkids, cousins, parents, partners and friends! You might not use the term ‘young carer’ to describe yourself so it could be hard to know if Carers NSW is the right organisation to connect with. Below is a bit more information about the types of things that young carers do and some of the programs and services you can access as a young carer.

Did you know?

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Because young carers are looking after someone else, they usually have more responsibilities than other people their age.

If you are a young carer, you might be providing practical support, emotional support, or personal care – every young carer has a different story.

Being a young carer can be an amazing and rewarding experience but at times it can also be stressful, frustrating, and just plain difficult. The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone and help is available.

Support for young carers

Carer Gateway – Practical support for all carers (including counselling, peer support, respite and more).

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1800 422 737 (Monday to Friday, 8am-5pm local time)

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www.carergateway.gov.au

Young Carers Connect – Online peer support for young carers aged 12-25 years, delivered in two age groups.

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youngcarersnetwork.com.au/events

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youngcarers@racr.org.au

Young Carer Bursary – A bursary for young carers, aged 12-25 years, to assist with education needs and resources.

youngcarersnetwork.com.au

If you need to talk to someone:

  • Call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or text 0477 13 11 14 (for anyone)
  • Call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or webchat (for young people aged 5-25 years)
  • Call 13YARN on 13 92 76 (to speak with a Lifeline-trained Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Supporter)
  • Call QLife on 1800 184 527 or webchat (between 3pm and midnight, every day)

This information is general in nature. Contact Carers NSW for tailored information and referral support.

Resources and fact sheets

Am I A Young Carer? – A fact sheet to help young people identify if they are young carer.

Self-Care Tips For Young Carers – Tips and tricks written by young carers, for young carers.

Speaking With My Teachers – A fact sheet to help young carers talk to their teacher about their caring role.

Support A Friend – A fact sheet for young people who have a friend who is a young carer.

If there is a resource that you would like to suggest we develop, please email yc@carersnsw.org.au.

Get involved

Share your story

Storytelling

Carers NSW often has opportunities for young carers to share their experiences in writing, audio or video interviews, in presentations to professionals, and in other ways.

If you are a young carer and would like to share your story, please complete the online form under ‘Connect with us’ below or email yc@carersnsw.org.au.

Thank you for helping raise awareness of young carers, and inspiring positive change.

Help inform educators and professionals

Are you over the age of 16 years and wanting to work with us to improve young carer awareness, recognition and inclusion in NSW?

The Young Carer Inclusion Network is a Carers NSW initiative that brings together service providers and professionals engaging with young people in NSW to assist with identifying gaps, develop resources and improve the overall experience for young carers.

Young carers can help us by sharing their own experiences and contribute to discussions about young carer supports in mainstream services.

If you are a young carer who would like to participate in this network, click below.

For more information about the Young Carer Inclusion Network and what participation looks like, download the fact sheet below.

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Help inform Carers NSW services and resources

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The Young Carer Advisory Group is a small group of young carers aged 16-24 years from across NSW who draw on their lived experience to shape Carers NSW policy, research and service delivery to be more young carer-inclusive.

The Young Carer Advisory Group meets 5-6 times a year to provide feedback and guidance on issues affecting young carers, supporting the state-wide work of Carers NSW.

If you are interested in opportunities to be involved in the Young Carer Advisory Group, please email yc@carersnsw.org.au.

Connect with us

Get in touch with Carers NSW using the online form below if you would like assistance with any of the following:

  • Seeking information about support available to young carers in NSW
  • Wanting to share your story as a young carer or explore leadership opportunities

To stay up to date and receive information from us regularly, sign up to our YC eNews.

Share your experience or feedback

Connect

If you have had an experience with a service system that you think might also be happening to other young carers, or if you have a policy recommendation to improve outcomes for young carers and their families in NSW, you can anonymously complete our online Policy Advice Form.

Carers NSW will use this information to inform our policy work, including writing submissions and providing feedback to governments. If you would like help completing a Policy Advice Form, please call 02 9280 4744.

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Your privacy and confidentiality

All children and young people who access Carers NSW have a right to be protected and to feel safe. Carers NSW has created a document so you can better understand how our organisation and young carers can best work together, including information about our roles, being safe online, keeping young people’s information secure and what to do if young people feel unhappy or unsafe at Carers NSW.

You can ask for help to read this document. A trusted family member, friend or support person may be able to help you.



1 Australian Bureau of Statistics (2019) Survey of Disability, Ageing and Carers 2018. TableBuilder Dataset. Canberra: Australian Government. Retrieved from www.abs.gov.au/tablebuilder