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Little Dreamers Australia

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

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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!

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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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A Young Carer Like You

1 in 10 young Australians under 25 provide care for a family member with a disability, illness or addiction. That’s 2 to 3 Young Carers in every single Australian classroom. So, chances are that you or someone you know has grown up as a Young Carer.

We’ve created a new, interactive way of sharing some of the stories of Young Carers who we support with our ‘A Young Carer Like You’ quiz. Take the quick personality quiz, be matched with a Young Carer, then read their profile and learn a bit about them.

At the end of the quiz, you’ll be asked whether you’d like to join our Big Givers regular giving program.

Anyone can become a carer at any time. By contributing as little as $5 per month, you’re making a world of difference to a Young Carer just like the one you’ll be matched with in the quiz.

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"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. "

It's with great excitement that we announce our new partnership with @goodwill_wine ✨

Want to support us just by drinking wine? Now you can!

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To celebrate our new partnership, they’re also offering free shipping for one week! Just enter the code FREESHIPLD at the checkout.

*Minimum order $60. Free shipping excludes WA, NT & TAS and Wine Club subscriptions as they're already discounted.
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"In the future, I want to see every school, public and private aware of who young carers are, common issues they may face and support staff who are equipped to refer young carers to local, state and federal services that can make a real difference including working to mitigate the negative mental health effects a Young Carer may experience.

There’s an intense amount of pressure on young people with caring responsibilities, someone needs to pick up the slack." 💪

Read Jasmine's Carers Week blog here: bit.ly/jasmine-blog

ID: Million Reasons to Care blog by Jasmine. Jasmine's headshot is featured beneath the blog title on a pink background with stars. The image also includes the Little Dreamers logo and a multicoloured badge that says 'Carers Week'.
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"This year’s National Carers Week theme ‘Millions of Reasons to Care’ reminds me of one of my favourite songs ‘A Million Dreams’ from the movie The Greatest Showman. Any other Zendaya fans here? ✨

As the line in the song goes, ‘I think of what the world could be, a vision of the one I see’. This is a world where other Young Carers, like me, are well supported in their role so they can reach their full potential."

Young Carer Ambassador, Jacq, shares her insights and dreams in her blog for Carers Week here: bit.ly/jacq-blog

ID: Million Reasons to Care blog by Jacqueline. Jacqueline's headshot is featured beneath the blog title on a teal background with stars. The image also includes the Little Dreamers logo and a multicoloured badge that says 'Carers Week'.
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