For young carers

This is a page for young people with caring responsibilities, with resources, stories, and helpful information to help you on your journey as a young carer.

For young carers

This is a page for young people with caring responsibilities, with resources, stories, and helpful information to help you on your journey as a young carer.

Some young people may have caring responsibilities although they may not identify with this title. That is okay. Everyone has a unique and different identity that may not fit inside a title. This won't stop you from being able to access supports.

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The young carer quiz

Do you ever:

  • help take care of someone in your household who has a disability, chronic or mental illness, who is frail aged or has an alcohol or other drug problem
  • worry about leaving the person you care for home alone
  • get a sore back from lifting the person you care for
  • feel like you sometimes don't get to do regular stuff with your friends, and 
  • feel too tired to hang out with your friends or do school work?

If you said yes to any of these, and you would like to:

  • have the opportunity to speak to other young carers who may be in a similar situation
  • have a chat to someone about your caring role
  • get info about support groups
  • find out about Young Carer Groups, and
  • get personal support for the person you care for.  

then check out the resources below.

Young carer resources

Online:

Supporting Families, Supporting Young Carers
 – a booklet for parents of young carers from Carers Australia (PDF 1.8MB)
We Care – ebook online
Young Carer Scholarship program
When your parent has a mental illness – For youth aged 12 to 15 years with a parent who experiences mental illness. This guide has been produced by the Australian Infant, Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health Association Ltd for the COPMI (Children of Parents with a Mental Illness) national initiative
Young carers website resources – Carers Australia has a useful website for young carers with resources like relaxation podcasts and publications like, Who cares? We do.

Support for young carers at school

If you're at school and need help with things like:

  • respite - taking a break
  • help at home
  • getting to sport or other activities
  • tutoring or time to study

Call 1800 052 222 to find out how The Commonwealth Respite Centre can help.

Carer advisory line

Call 1800 242 636* (weekdays 8.30am to 5pm) to talk to a Carers Victoria advisor about some common experiences for young carers and, what supports are available for them.

The advisory line can help arrange free counselling, find someone to talk to about problems you may have, and get help and support.

The service can also offer suggestions on how your school can support and assist you.
*free call from local phones, mobile calls at mobile rates

There are a number of events and a Young Carer Festival held each year.  Contact the advisory line to find out how you can take part. 

 

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