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? Personal care • mobility • transport • managing money • Interpreting • self care • showering • medications • Emotional support • keeping an eye on someone • providing reassurance • problem solving • attending appointments • Household duties • cooking • cleaning • shopping • babysitting • laundry • paying bills
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? • 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