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Little Dreamers Australia

Supporting young people aged 4 to 25 who provide care for a family member affected by disability, chronic or mental illness, addiction or frail age.

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Dream Experience

Ever wanted to ride in a hot air balloon? Or run onto the ground with your favourite footy team? Dream Experiences are our way of recognising and saying thanks to Young Carers!

Dream Experience

School Holiday Program

Our School Holiday Programs give Young Carers the opportunity to get to know other young people in caring roles and receive some much needed respite during the school holidays, with loads of fun outings and activities!

Holiday Program

Big Dreamers

Our six-month Personal Development Program helps Young Carers navigate identity, careers, study, relationships and life skills as they reach their final years of schooling.

Big Dreamers

Dreamers Hub

Our Dreamers Hub is an online support platform created by Young Carers for Young Carers.

Dreamers Hub

Tutoring

Online Tutoring provides Young Carers with tailored support and guidance, while increasing social connection and improving mental health.

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Young Carer Byron, aged 8, wears a Richmond FC jersey and holds a yellow football. He has a big toothy smile and is missing his front teeth. Dustin Martin stands to his right, with his hand on Byron's shoulder. Dusty is also smiling. They are standing at a gate with a large green football oval behind them.
Two girls stand together with their arms around each other's shoulders and big smiles. They are both wearing zip up jackets in shades of green. The image captures them from the waist upwards and behind them are rows of chairs set up for a speaker presentation.
Three Young Carers sit next to each other looking into the distance. Danny is in a red varsity jacket seated in the middle, his hands crossed at his mouth and elbows resting on his legs. He has short black hair. Taylah sits to his left, hands resting between her knees, and Julianna had her arms folded, smiling, on the right of the frame in the distance. They are sitting on the verandah with a house behind them.
Aylin stands in the centre, mid laugh with her hands in the air. She wears an oversized navy hoodie and has her hair tied half up off her face. Maddy stands on the right, crouched over mid laugh. She has long, straight brown hair and a grey knit jumper. Taylah is on the left, standing straight and looking off to the side. She has a smile on her face.
Young Carer, Julianna, and volunteer, Michelle, stand together, smiling at the camera. Julianna's long black hair is tied in two braids that sit over her shoulders, and Michelle has her arm around Julianna, her brown curly hair swept behind her shoulders. Michelle is in a stripy t-shirt with toucan birds printed on it and Juilianna is wearing a black t-shirt.
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Am I A Young Carer?

If you’re not too sure whether you (or someone you know) might be a Young Carer, a great place to start is this quiz! While we acknowledge that every caring role is different, and that not all Young Carers feel that they need to access support, we’re also incredibly passionate about raising awareness, promoting inclusivity and advocating for young people in caring roles!

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It’s likely you’re a Young Carer!

A Young Carer is someone under the age of 25 who provides, or intends to provide care for a family member with a disability, illness, mental illness or an addiction – and your answers suggest that’s you!

Being a Young Carer can be awesome! Young Carers learn compassion, maturity, kindness and empathy from having a caring role, and often develop an incredible bond with the family member they’re supporting. But being a Young Carer can also have an impact on education, social life, employment and mental and physical health. That’s something we’re passionate about changing.

If you’d like to chat to us further about being a Young Carer, or the kind of support we can provide, then give us a call on 1800 717 515. You can also check out our range of support programs on offer here.

Otherwise, you can apply for support with us straight away, and we’ll be in touch!

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You’re probably not a Young Carer.

A Young Carer is someone under the age of 25 who provides, or intends to provide care for a family member with a disability, illness, mental illness or an addiction. Your answers didn’t seem to match up with this definition.

But fear not! We know that every caring role is different, and this quiz may not always be right! So, if you’d like to chat to us further and assess whether we can support you, then give us a call on 1800 717 515.

We encourage you to read more about Young Carers here: Expert Guide and maybe even apply for some volunteering positions with us!

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We welcome everyone to Little Dreamers through a range of tailored opportunities. If you're passionate about helping young people reach their full potential, then we'll get along!

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Warm and Fuzzies

"Fantastic - Life changing for Young Carers to be acknowledged & supported in their role. For our daughter, it helps bridge the gap of what we can’t do with her due to our younger children’s extra needs with their disabilities. More people need to know they can access wonderful services like this."

"Nathaniel had an absolute fantastic Dream Experience, it was great just watching it be all about him, because he deserves so much, he never ask for anything..... so thank you very much for blessing him with this opportunity the smile didn't leave his face all day and it meant the world to us. "

"We worked really hard to ensure that Ethan knew that his Dream Experience was due to the incredible hard work Ethan undertakes on a daily basis as a young carer. The experience was absolutely unbelievable and Ethan felt validated, appreciated and exceptionally special. He loved every second of it."

"The program made my child feel like he was important too. He was overwhelmed and couldn't believe how lucky he was to be given this opportunity. Little Dreamers is a wonderful organisation, they made my son feel so special and made his little dream come true. I can't thank them enough. "

"Sam had reached the point where he felt that his own dreams were fast getting out of his reach because of the sacrifices he has had to make for his family and the sacrifices his family have had to make as a whole. Little Dreamers helped him no longer feel that it is impossible to reach for his dream."

"What a fantastic organisation, we were so lucky to have the kids involved for two days of your School Holiday Program in Melbourne. Everyone was so great interacting with all the children, catering to different ages an needs. Kudos to all involved. You fill a much needed area that is often overlooked."

"We just got home from the most amazing three days, our first family holiday! Maggie had the best time ever! We really don't know how to thank you, we will remember this for the rest of our lives. We are so grateful and appreciate it all so much. Little Dreamers made Maggie's dream come true and more. "

"Thank you so much for everything you have done for our family. We have found two amazing mentors for our children through your charity. Both of our children had amazing Dreams Experiences that have changed them forever, they will never ever forget your kindness. We can’t thank you enough. "

This NAIDOC Week, dive into the rich history and culture of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with these highly recommended books! Whether you`re looking to educate yourself or simply appreciate the incredible voices of First Nations people, all of these works offer a unique perspective and invaluable insights into Indigenous Australia.

❤️ Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe - This classic critically acclaimed book challenges the conventional understanding of pre-colonial Aboriginal life, presenting evidence of agriculture, engineering, and complex societies.

💛 Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia, compiled and edited by Anita Heiss - A powerful anthology featuring stories from diverse Aboriginal voices, providing a glimpse into the experiences of growing up Aboriginal in Australia.

🖤 The Welcome to Country Handbook: A Guide to Indigenous Australia by Professor Marcia Langton AO - An essential guide for anyone wanting to learn about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, history, and protocols.

❤️ Finding The Heart Of The Nation (2nd Edition) by Thomas Mayor - This book explores the Uluru Statement from the Heart, sharing the journey of its creation and its significance for all Australians.

Happy reading! 🖤💛❤️ #NAIDOC2024 #NAIDOCWeek
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🖤💛❤️ This NAIDOC Week, let`s show our support for First Nations owned businesses! Here are just a few of our many favs to check out:

Clothing the Gaps: A community brand managed by health professionals that celebrates Aboriginal people and culture.
@clothingthegaps

Haus of Dizzy: Proud Wiradjuri woman Kristy Dickinson creates bold, playful, statement-making jewellery that celebrates and honours Indigenous culture.
@hausofdizzy

Chocolate on Purpose: Sharing culture through storytelling with chocolate, educating on the traditional use of the botanicals by our First Nations People.
@chocolateonpurpose

Trading Blak: A collective of Aboriginal-owned businesses working together to advocate transparency when trading in culture and empower mob to succeed on their own terms.
@tradingblak

#NAIDOC2024 #NAIDOCWeek
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NAIDOC Week is here, and we’ve rounded up a list of fantastic accounts to follow! Show your support for First Nations organisations, learn about their rich history and culture, and help spread the word by giving these amazing groups a follow and a share 👇

Youth Organisations:
Koorie Youth Council | @koorieyouthcouncil
Culture is Life | @cultureislifeorg
Korin Gamadji Institute | @koringamadji

Aboriginal-led Organisations:
Common Ground | @commongroundfirstnations
Black Rainbow | @blackrainbowaus

Youth Allies:
Foundation for Young Australians | @fya_org
Youth Affairs Council Victoria | @yacvic
PROJECT ROCKIT | @projectrockit
Minus18 | @minus18youth

Let’s celebrate and support our First Nations communities this NAIDOC Week! 🖤💛❤️
#NAIDOC2024 #NAIDOCWeek #SupportFirstNations
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Calling all 13-17-year-old Young Carers in NSW2 & QLD!

Looking to learn about wellbeing and ways to wind down? Join our free Wind Down Wednesday program! Gentle stretches, meditation, self-regulation & more! Sessions start July 31st and run for six weeks on Wednesdays between 5-6 pm. 🧘

Express your interest by July 24th! Find the link to register in our bio 👆
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School holiday programs are in full swing in QLD and VIC, and we’re loving all the fun and activities happening so far! Check out this beautiful sunset at our Dream Big Mountain Retreat last week in Mt Tambourine! We had an incredible time together, making memories and enjoying the stunning views ☀️🏔️

#LittleDreamers #YoungCarers #SchoolHoliday #MtTambourine #DreamBig
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