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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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Holiday Program
Big Dreamers
Dreamers Hub
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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!

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. "

🌟 Ticket Giveaway 🌟

Attend @carersvictoria’s Carers Week Launch celebration at Luna Park on Sunday 16 October! 🎡

We have 20 free tickets to give away to Young Carers, family and friends (limit of 2 tickets per family).

If you’re interested, please send an email to Miranda! 📧

#CarersWeek #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers
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Introducing Safe Is Savvy episode 14: Cyber Harrassment 🎧

Bullying and harassment take different forms in the physical world - and the digital space is no exception 💻

In this episode of Safe Is Savvy, Jayde Petrie from @projectrockit rejoins us to discuss cyber-harassment - how it differs from cyber-bullying, how to spot if it’s happening to us, and what we can do to protect ourselves online.

It’s a worthwhile discussion on an increasingly pervasive problem online.

Spotify 👉 spoti.fi/3uC3zAH
Apple 👉 apple.co/3IJpTgY
Dreamers Hub 👉 www.dreamershub.com.au/academy/

#SafeIsSavvy #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers
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We're thrilled to announce that The Young Carer Project is now featured in the Victorian Government Schools Mental Health Menu.

What does this mean?

The Mental Health Menu provides schools with opportunities to purchase evidence-based programs and initiatives across the three tiers of intervention.

This includes initiatives that:
⭐️ promote student mental health and wellbeing
⭐️ enable schools to intervene early to support students
⭐️ provide targeted and more individualised support for students who need it.

Menu items have been externally assessed for how well they support student mental health and wellbeing, ensuring schools have access to a range of evidence-based supports to meet their needs.

The Young Carer Project (TYCP) works to support Young Carers in education by adopting a whole school approach. We work with key teachers and wellbeing staff, Young Carers and the broader school community, conducting training, workshops and online modules, and creating an environment where Young Carers can thrive.

Contact us today to find out more about getting TYCP involved in your school ✨

#mentalhealth #schoolprogram #TYCP #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers
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