Our Young Carer program supports and nurtures the vital young carers of Western Australia.
When you care for others, we care for you!
A "young carer" is a person under the age of 25 who helps to look after a family member with a disability, mental illness, chronic illness, or drug or alcohol problem.
For most young carers, helping to look after somebody else is just a normal part of life, just like going to school or work. Even though it is a rewarding experience, it can sometimes get a bit too much.
As a young carer, the good news is you do not have to do your caring alone. There are plenty of people close by who can provide you with help and support. And best of all – it is FREE!
You may like time-out to take a break or even talk to someone who understands how you feel.
The Carers WA Young Carer program offers young carers aged 8 to 25 access to specific information, service referrals and counselling, plus social support in the form of camps, school holiday activities and outings. The Young Carer team also visits schools to educate school staff about young carers in the classroom. Further information can be found in the Young Carers WA Brochure.
Our Young Carer website provides information and advice for young carers about looking after yourself, coping with school and your caring role, supports you can access, and much more! Plus, keep up to date with news and events that you can get involved in at Carers WA and have your say about how it feels to be a young carer.
Our website also offers relevant information for teachers about supporting young carers in the school system.
The Carers WA 'CLOUD' School Engagement Program could help, to actively engage with schools to increase awareness and supports for young carers in the education system. Click here to contact our School Engagement Project Officer.
- Young carer referral form for schools/teachers (PDF)
- Young carer referral form for schools/teachers (WORD)
- Young carer general referral form (PDF)
- Young carer general referral form (WORD)
For more information
Carers WA: 1300 CARERS (1300 227 377)
Email the Carers WA Young Carer team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit the Carers WA Young Carer website www.youngcarerswa.asn.au