Margaret founded CaringKids in 2014 to address the practical support needs of young carers. With over18 years' experience working across government and non-government sectors within Australia and overseas, Margaret has delivered and coordinated individual, group and community based programs for children, youth and adults, most recently co-ordinating community support programs for a leading cancer charity.
Margaret's determination to deliver practical support for young carers began following a four-year period delivering emotional support and respite camps for young carers aged 8-26 years. She influenced the inclusion of young carers in national government policy and advocated for services to assist young carers to complete their education. However, it was the first-hand account of young carers' experiences, and the challenge they faced finding practical support, that were the inspiration for CaringKids.
Margaret has a special interest and expertise in Volunteer Management, Carer Support, Mental Health and Children & Families.
Margaret holds a Social Work Degree from the University of Sydney and in addition a Master of Public Health from the University of New South Wales. She has also completed study in Interior Decorating with the Sydney Institute TAFE Design Centre.
Chair Nov 2014 to Feb 2016, Executive Director Feb 2016 to Aug 2016, Chief Executive Officer & Director since Aug 2017