Are you a young person? Do you provide care to someone?
If you are aged 25 years or under and provide care to a parent, sibling, grandparent, other family member or a friend you are a young carer. Young carers support people living with disability, chronic illness, mental health issues, dementia or who are frail aged.
Young carers can be daughters, sons, brothers, sisters, granddaughters, grandsons, nieces, nephews, cousins and even friends.
Young carers provide support in a range of ways. They help they provide to others can be practical and emotional and may include:
- helping with personal care tasks
- administering medication
- buying groceries, cooking, cleaning, managing household finances
- supervising siblings and helping them with homework
- helping to arrange services
- taking the person they care for to appointments including to the doctor or hospital.
If you think you might be a young carer there is support available for you. Visit the Carers NSW Young Carer program website or call 1800 242 636 to find out more.
Young carer Leanne shares her story about caring for her brother Charlie who lives with autism.