Are you a Young Carer?
Are you a young person 12 years or over who helps to care for family member or friend with disability, a medical condition, mental illness or who is frail due to age?
As a young person do your caring responsibilities affect your wellbeing or your ability to work, study or socialise?
Young Carers are young people who support a family member or friend who has a disability, mental illness, drug or alcohol dependence, chronic condition, or who is frail. Through the Carer Gateway, Your Side provide support to help you identify and achieve your goals, offer tutoring to help you establish good study habits and balance school with your responsibilities as a carer, can arrange respite so you can take a break from looking after someone, and we can also assist you with driving lessons and in-home help as needed. The Carer Gateway also has other useful resources that are accessible online at www.carergateway.gov.au.
Feel Uplifted being a Young Carer?
Through the Carer Gateway, you can access a variety of services that meet your needs as a carer. You will be given opportunities to speak to adults who will listen to you and do their best to provide support and services. Tutoring, respite, counselling, coaching and referrals, as well as mentoring and other support services are always available to you. These are all designed to support you throughout your role as a carer.
Some of the ways that we can support you include:
- Tutoring to help you with your school work and help you prepare for exams
- Access to Educational Programs
- Online Coaching
Stay tuned for more opportunities coming your way!
Carer Gateway has in-person, phone and online services to support young carers.
Carer Gateway is here to support young carers
Did you know that more than 235,000 people in Australia under the age of 25 care for a loved one with disability, a medical condition, mental health condition or someone who is frail due to age? They regularly have to juggle work, study and life commitments at the same time and often prioritise caring for their loved ones.
Caring responsibilities can place a heavy strain on young carers as they try their best to manage and balance education, training, work and caring. As alienating as this can be, there are support services available to help young carers.
Carer Gateway is an Australian Government initiative that connects carers with a range of services such as counselling, online skills courses, respite care and financial support through Carer Directed Support Packages. Carer Gateway also has peer support groups and an online forum, which creates a safe space for young carers to connect, share stories and seek advice.
If you know a young carer, help them out by letting them know about Carer Gateway. More information and online services are available on the Carer Gateway website, carergateway.gov.au, or carers can call 1800 422 737 Mon-Fri between 8am and 5pm local time to speak with a representative who can help young carers get the support they need.
To our students who are young carers – you are not alone
Juggling assignments and exams can be challenging for some students, especially those who care for a loved one with disability or a medical condition.
When caring responsibilities are at the forefront, it can be difficult to balance study, work, social commitments and caring responsibilities. The stress of trying to keep everything together can be overwhelming and isolating.
But the good news is that there are supports available. If you are a young carer under the age of 25, Carer Gateway can help you. Carer Gateway is an Australian Government initiative that connects carers of all ages with in-person, online and phone-based support and services.
- In-person and phone counselling
- Online skills courses
- Self-guided coaching
- Emergency respite, and
- Financial support through Carer Directed Support Packages.
Carer Gateway also has peer support groups and an online forum, which creates a safe space for young carers to connect, share stories and seek advice.
Emotional help and support available for young carers
Getting help early can make a big difference to your life by helping to reduce emotional and physical strain and improving your overall health and wellbeing.
The Australian Government has launched a range of new supports and services through Carer Gateway.
If you are:
- Feeling stressed
- Experiencing anxiety
- Have low moods
- Find it difficult to manage feelings
There are services available through Carer Gateway such as counselling, peer support, emergency respite and skills courses to help you in your caring role.