Siblings as Young Carers

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Siblings as Young
Carers
Who are Young Carers
• Young carers are children or young people
under 25 years of age who provide care and
support for a family member who has a
disability, mental illness, chronic condition, is
ageing, or has an alcohol or other drug
problem.
• They may be the main support or be sharing
the caring responsibilities with others.
What do you carers do?
• Household duties Personal care
Emotional support
• cooking
• keeping an eye
on someone
• cleaning
• shopping
• babysitting
• laundry
• paying bills
•mobility
•transport
•managing
money
•Interpreting
•self care
•showering
•medications
• providing
reassurance
• problem solving
• attending
appointments
Did you know?
• There are an estimated 2 – 3 young carers in
every classroom
• Estimated 388 800+ young carers in Australia
• 6 – 10 % young people aged under 25 years
have caring responsibilities
• That about 40% of young carers are boys
How does caring affect a young
persons life?
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Education
How they see themselves
Health and wellbeing
Skills development
Financial
Family and relationships
Social
Employment – career choices
Transition to adulthood
Young Carers Program
• In-home respite during the school terms to
complete their studies
• Respite to undertake activities such as study for
exams, recreations and training.
• One to one support
• young carer activities
• Education and training for services and schools
• Contact 1800 052 222 for your local program
• There is a program in every region of Australia
“GIVE ME 5”
Is a monthly break for YOUNG CARERS & TEEN SIBLINGS
Brought to you by the gang from the T.I.M.E. Out Sibling
Program at
Melbourne City mission and the Young Carers Program at
CarerLinks North…..
WHEN: the last Thursday of every month
4.30 pm – 7.30 pm
WHERE: Merrilands Community Centre (PRACE)
Crn. Asquith & Sturdee St, Reservoir (Melways pg 8, H12)
1 minute from the Metro. Ring Road,
Mahoneys Rd, Keon Pde, and High St.
“Is Everything OK at the OK Corral?”
Movie Mayhem event
HIGHLIGHTING THE ROLE OF TEEN SIBLINGS &
YOUNG CARERS IN OUR COMMUNITY
Planning and scripting: Thursday 25 March 2010
Filming: Tuesday 6 April 2010
at the Wild West Set in the bush at Kattemingga Lodge
near Daylesford
Premiere night in Youth Week: Thursday 15 April 2010
Part of youth week 2010
Primary partnerships: Melbourne City Mission (Sibling
Program) Purple Soup and Commonwealth Respite and
Carerlink Centre Northern Region (Merri CHS)
For Information and Referrals
• Please contact:
• Your local Young Carer Program
• at
• The Commonwealth Respite and Carelink
Centre in your region on
• 1800 052 222
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