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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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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

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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. "

🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️ Happy Pride Month to all! 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️

🌈 We celebrate, love and amplify the voices of the LGBTQIA+ community, this month and every month of the year!

🌈 We acknowledge that Pride Month is a time to celebrate, but also a time to reflect and create space for difficult conversations. We'd like to remind our incredible, resilient LGBTQIA+ Young Carers that Little Dreamers is an organisation where you are welcomed and loved.

🌈 There are heaps of LGBTQIA+ resources that you can access, with many offering free and confidential services from all around Australia. These are outlined in the blog below.

🌈 If you're a Young Carer, log onto the Dreamers Hub and read our Pride Month Blog written by our amazing Placement Student, Fae: https://www.dreamershub.com.au/blog/happy-pride-month/

#pridemonth #pride #YoungCarers
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This week in our Dreamers Hub Money Explorer series with Financial Counselling Victoria, we're looking at 👉 Buy Now, Pay Later 💳

You’ve probably heard of Afterpay. It's one of the many ‘buy now pay later’ (BNPL) services that are now available in Australia.

As the phrase ‘buy now pay later’ suggests, these services allow you to delay payment for a purchase – while still taking the item home on the day!

But it’s important to understand the pros and cons of this kind of purchasing before deciding if it’s right for you.

If you're a Young Carer, log onto the Dreamers Hub and check out the latest in our Money Explorer series here: www.dreamershub.com.au/blog/buy-now-pay-later-too-good-to-be-true/

#MoneyExplorer #YoungCarers #BNPL #LittleDreamers
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🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️ This month, and every other month of the year, we love, celebrate and stand with our LGBTQIA+ community.

🌈 Pride is so much more than rainbows and token posts. It’s about creating the space for hard conversations to be had. It’s about recognising the years of struggle LGBTQIA+ people have gone through and continue to experience. It’s about acknowledging the continuing journey of coming out.

🌈 To our incredible, resilient, strong and beautiful LGBTQIA+ Young Carers… we see you. We are here to support you, help you grow and give you a platform for your voices to be heard.

🌈 Little Dreamers has a Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group, that is open to all members of the community. This group exists to ensure Little Dreamers is upholding its values of inclusion and equality and ensuring our organisation is accessible to all persons. If you would like to be part of this group, please email info@littledreamers.org.au.

🌈 Happy Pride Month everyone! Let’s celebrate, reflect and continue this Pride all year round!

#pride #pridemonth #LDDreamBig #YoungCarers
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Hey there! 👋

Want to learn more about our support programs for Young Carers? Or get to know the Little Dreamers team a little better?

Join us for our annual virtual Little Dreamers Information Evening ✨

🗓 Thursday 14 July, 6.00pm - 7.30pm

Learn more from our team about:
Young Carers, how to apply or refer for support, our key programs and upcoming events and Carer Gateway.

Book now: bit.ly/littledreamers-infoevening-2022

#InformationEvening #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers
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This week’s episode of Safe Is Savvy is a pretty big one!

✨ In this episode, we're joined by Co-Founder and @consentlabs and 2022’s NSW Young Woman of the Year, Angie Wan.

Angie talks about online consent in all its many forms, explaining that, in simple terms, consent is essentially giving permission freely and voluntarily - and that consent is required for more than just sexual interactions.

From changing the national conversation, to how we can set boundaries, this episode is a deep dive into online consent and its importance.

Spotify 👉 spoti.fi/366AENf
Apple 👉 apple.co/3CXHWyG
(or access via the link in our bio)

Find the series on the Dreamers Hub: www.dreamershub.com.au/academy/

#SafeIsSavvy #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers
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