Young Carers Program – Auburn, Blacktown, Hills Shire, Holroyd, Parramatta

Programs and services for young carers (respite, counselling and support for young carers)

The Young Carers Project is a nationwide program supporting young people up to 25 years of age who are caring for a parent, grandparent or sibling with a mental illness, disability, chronic health issue or drug and substance abuse issues. These children have been identified as being at risk of not completing their secondary education schooling due to their caring role. The program helps young people better manage and balance their caring responsibilities and education.

How does the project support young carers:
– Activities and outings with other young carers
– Funding may be provided for camps over school holiday periods
– Support with studies through a tutoring program
– Assistance with basic housework, cooking and cleaning chores
– Access to transport for doctors and hospital appointments
– Assistance applying for the Carer Allowance through Centrelink when appropriate
– Advocacy and counselling support
– Referrals to other services and community organisations
– Giving the young carer a break from their caring role

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For use by families where a parent has a mental illness, their supporters, and services who work with them.