FOR YOUNG CARERS
Being young and caring for someone can be difficult yet rewarding. You might be looking after your brother, sister, parent or other relative. There may be more than one person in your family who needs care at the same time. Caring for someone can help create a strong bond between you and with the person you care for, and you can learn new life skills like cooking meals or working out the family budget. Many young carers say that caring at a young age has helped them to become more compassionate, independent and responsible.
Having caring responsibilities may mean you do not have a lot of free time to be with your friends or have anyone to help you with chores. Sometimes your friends or teachers may not realise you are a young carer. This can make you feel alone and uncertain about where to find help. There are many different types of support and help available for young carers and we explain how we can help below.
How CaringKids can help
Every family is different and every caring situation is different. CaringKids can visit you at home and will ask you and your family some questions to better understand what type of support you need. We can then work with you to decide which of our services or other services in the community would be the biggest help. Some ways we might be able to help include:
- Visiting you and your family at home and meeting you in person to understand the type of help you need most
- Completing a comprehensive assessment to find out what support you have and to identify other sources of support you may be able to receive
- Providing some on-going support to ensure you and your family receive all of the services and or opportunities available
- Providing some financial assistance to enable you to get a break, to pursue an interest, a sport or personal development opportunity or to purchase essential household items that will improve your caring situation
Our services are time-limited, and offered on a one-off basis. We are unable to offer crisis intervention (help in an emergency) or case management services (helping over a long-period of time). If you need this type of help, view our USEFUL SERVICES.
If you would like to find out how CaringKids can support you, ask your parent/guardian to call us on (02) 9247 7990.
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Who we help - eligibility
CaringKids can help young carers who are:
- aged 18 years or under
- the primary carer (spends the most time caring compared to other family members), OR
- the alternate carer (cares independently when the primary carer is absent), OR
- spending many hours on caring responsibilities each week
- experiencing financial hardship
- residing in South West and South East Sydney. South Western Sydney includes suburbs within Canterbury-Bankstown, City of Fairfield, City of Liverpool, City of Campbelltown, Camden Council, and Wollondilly Shire Council. South Eastern Sydney includes suburbs within Georges River Council, Bayside Council, Sutherland Shire Council, City of Randwick, Waverley Council, and Municipality of Woollahra.
If you are not sure what local government area you live in, click here to find your local council. If you live in another part of Sydney, or NSW and feel like you need support, please contact us and we can tell you about other services that can help that are close to home. If you want to connect with other young carers and/or need emotional support, view our USEFUL SERVICES.
If you are a young carer, or the parent/guardian of a young carer and would like to find out more about how CaringKids can help, you can call or email us.
You can also fill in our Referral Form together with your parent/guardian or a helpful adult. A Referral Form is a piece of paper that includes your name, how we can get in touch with you, and a bit about your caring situation. It gives us your permission to contact you. Once we receive your referral we will make contact wtih you.
If you or your parent/guardian would like help completing the Referral Form, call us on (02) 9247 7990 or email us. You may also ask a health professional, like a school counsellor a disability case worker to help you to get in touch with us.
Every family is different and so are the challenges that arise when someone in the family is living with an illness or a disability. The term young carer is used to describe a young person who takes on caring responsibilities at home to ‘help out’ a family member who is unwell or has disability. These responsibilities can include tasks such as housework, administering medication, personal care, supervising (keeping an eye on a sibling while dad prepares dinner), or paying bills.
For many parents, having their child look after them or a sibling, may cause many different feelings to arise. You may feel worried, guilty, powerless or sad and depressed. Having to rely on your child for independence, or noticing the impact that being a young carer is having on your child can be a real struggle.
You may want to reach out to find support for yourself and your child, or family. You might want to talk about how you are feeling and find out what support services are available in your area. For more support, view our Useful Services below.
We aim to support your child with their caring responsibilities and also consider the needs of the entire family. We will make sure the voice of the young carer is heard and also that of the parents and family. If you feel our service could be of benefit to your family or want to know more, please contact us.
Young Carer Project - Carers NSW
Phone: 1800 242 636 (9am – 5pm Monday – Friday)
The Carers NSW Young Carer Program was developed to make a positive difference to the lives of young carers and their families. The Young Carer Program supports and connects young carers through Information and referral, leadership opportunities, an interactive website, counselling, activities, newsletters and much more.
South East Sydney Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre
Auspice Organisation: The Benevolent Society
Phone: 1800 052 222 (CRCC national number) 1800 917 139 (TBS)
Provides short term and emergency respite for Carers in South East Sydney who are in an ongoing caring role of someone with a disability, mental health, chronic illness. The program also supports Young people (Young Carers) aged between 8-18 years of age who are attending school or studying an equivalent course by providing educational and other support activities and events.
Care for parents with illness & disability ~ support & help for young carers
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