Who Cares For Young Carers?

The average age of young carers is between 12 and 13 years - some are as young as five or six. Playing, exploring, daydreaming, learning... these are some of the elements that contribute to a happy 'childhood'. On average, for two children in every Victorian classroom, childhood is far from being a fun and carefree experience.

Who Cares For Young Carers?

The average age of young carers is between 12 and 13 years - some are as young as five or six. Playing, exploring, daydreaming, learning... these are some of the elements that contribute to a happy 'childhood'. On average, for two children in every Victorian classroom, childhood is far from being a fun and carefree experience.
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In Victoria, 105,000 children and young people under the age of 25 may be missing out on the joys of childhood because they are caring for someone living with a disability, chronic illness, mental illness, alcohol or other drug related problem. 

Most young carers are busy doing housework: coooking, cleaning. washing, dispensing medication, and helping maintain the personal care of the people they support (showering, dressing, toileting). Other responsibilities include paying the bills, shopping and taking the people they care for to medical appointments. 

This can have a negative affect their health and wellbeing and contribute to social isolation. They struggle to maintain their schoolwork, friendships and interests. Without support they can experience poorer educational outcomes and are more likely to drop out of school due to caring commitments. Many young carers hesitate to seek help because they fear being taken away from their families. 

Who carers for young carers? 

Carers Victora has been supporting young carers for more than ten years through the provision of specialised programs, services and resources, such as:

  • counselling and young carer support services 
  • out of school activities and peer support groups 
  • advocacy and representation at a school, community and government level
  • state-wide teacher education training.

You donation will help fund these necessary programs, including the highly sought after Young Carer Scholarships.  

Over the past 10 years the Young Carer Scholarships Program has distributed $60,000 to 120 disadvantaged young carers. The Scholarships help young carers experience life opportunities that would have otherwise been missed, including school camps, sporting activities, music, art and culture. These experiences contribute to furthering their education, developing life skills and building support networks. 

Please help us create a better future for these special young people by making a donation today.

Online: Donate now 

Phone : 1800 242 636 to make a donation by phone. 
Please have your credit card details on hand when you call. 

Mail: Download our donation form. Return the completed form with your donation to: 
Carers Victoria, PO Box 2204, Footscray VIC 3011 

Fax to (03) 9396 9555 or you can email it 
 
Please make cheques or money orders payable to: Carers Victoria.

Carers Victoria acknowledges the traditional owners of this land and pays respect to elders both past and present.

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