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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

Holiday Program

Our 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

Content, connection and care. Our Dreamers Hub is an online support platform created by Young Carers for Young Carers, with regular content, workshops and forums.

Dreamers Hub

Mentoring, Tutoring and More

Our Mentoring and Tutoring Programs provide 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!

Make Life Better

Get Involved

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!

Make Life Better

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. "

Come along to our Peer Support Information Evening this Wednesday! 🌟

Learn more about what the program has to offer and meet the team behind it.

🗓 Wednesday 22 March, 6-7pm AEDT
📍 Online (via Zoom)

Peer Support is delivered in group settings and provides a safe space for Young Carers to connect with other young people ‘who just get it.’

Register for free here 👉 bit.ly/peersupportinfo

#PeerSupport #InformationEvening #LittleDreamers #YoungCarers

Attention Adventure Seekers! 🚨

Have you signed up for our 2023 Larapinta Trek with Little Dreamers yet? ⛰️🏕️ This is your LAST CHANCE to join our team for an epic trek through the Aussie outback! 🤩

Get ready for an unforgettable journey as we hike through breathtaking landscapes, witness sacred Indigenous sites and camp under the stars. 🌟 But it gets even better... you’ll be raising funds to support Young Carers across Australia! 🙌

Sign up and get $150 off your registration fee! Registrations close 20 March - don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime adventure with an incredible cause! 💫

Register here: bit.ly/littledreamers-larapinta

#Larapinta2023 #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers #AdventureAwaits

Get ready for the biggest party of the year...

Little Dreamers’ TRIVIA NIGHT 2023! 🎉✨🕺

This year, we’re going all out Disco Fever.

Glam up, gather your most intelligent friends and get ready for a night of friendly competition, games, feel-good fun…and SO MANY prizes. Featuring the fabulous Dragged To Queens as our hosts! 💖

🗓 Saturday 13 May, 7pm-11pm
📍 St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda
🎟 $50 per person, $450 for a table of 10

Dinner and one @campariau Welcome Drink (for 18 and over) will be provided, with additional drinks purchasable at the bar with thanks to our drinks partners, @urbanalleybrewery and @dasherfishergin.

Head to the link in our bio to book - tickets will sell out!

#TriviaNight #LittleDreamers #YoungCarers

Meet Linkx - one of our Young Carers 👋 He’s taking on the Larapinta Trek with our team this May and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have him on board!

But before he hits the trail, he’s raising funds to support Young Carers, starting with a plant sale next weekend 🌿

Linkx has put together this epic video to showcase his campaign, and we just had to share it with you all!

If you’re feeling inspired and want to support Linkx’s Larapinta campaign, head to the link below and donate today. Every little bit helps and we’ll be so grateful for your support 💛


#LarapintaTrek #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers

Happy International Women`s Day! 💜

Today, we celebrate the incredible accomplishments of women throughout history and look forward to a future of true gender equality.

This year’s theme, “Cracking the Code: Innovation for a gender equal future”, is an exciting call to action for all of us to use our creativity and innovation to create a world where everyone has the opportunity to thrive, regardless of their gender.

We asked our team what International Women’s Day means to them, who inspires them, and how the day resonates with them.

Read their responses in our latest blog! 👋


#IWD #InternationalWomensDay #YoungCarer #LittleDreamers #CrackingTheCode

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