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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

School Holiday Program

Our School Holiday Program allows Young Carers to just be kids for the day, get to know other young people in caring roles and provide some much needed respite during the school holidays.

School 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 community created by Young Carers for Young Carers. No matter where you are, if you’re a Young Carer, you’re welcome here!

Dreamers Hub

Mentoring

Mentoring gives Young Carers the opportunity to receive tailored support and guidance, while increasing social connection and improving mental health.

Mentoring
Byron & Dusty
School Holiday Program
Big Dreamers
Dreamers Hub
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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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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!

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Am I A Young Carer?

If you’re not too sure about whether you’re 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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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. "

Meet Mawada ⭐️

Mawada joins Little Dreamers as our newest placement student! 🙌

Mawada is humble, positive, and motivated, and her hobbies include art and reading 📖

Her ultimate Dream Experience is to travel in hot air balloon, go Bungee jumping, or have dinner with Nelson Mandela.

To Mawada, "Little Dreamers is a bridge that connects young people and helps them on their journeys." ❤️

#LDDreamBig #MeettheTeam
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Our very first Big Dreamers retreat in NSW kicked off yesterday! 🏄☀️

We can’t wait to continue learning and bonding with this incredible crew of Young Carers over the coming days and months 🙌 as well as our superstar Team Leaders joining us on the journey! ⚡️

#LDDreamBig #BigDreamers
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🍔We have some exciting news! We're on the Local Matters Jar at Grill'd
South Yarra. 🎉

🍔Each month, in every Grill'd restaurant, the jars promote three community groups to support.
🍔With every burger ordered, a Local Matters token is handed over to drop into the jar of ones choice.
🍔At the end of the month $500 is split between the groups ($300 for 1st, $100 for 2nd and 3rd), with a total of $70,000 given back to the community every month! ✨

How can you help?
1️⃣ Head over to Grill'd South Yarra
2️⃣ Eat one of their delicious burgers (or salads)
3️⃣ Pop your token in the Little Dreamers jar! 🌈

🍔 To find out more about Local Matters visit: www.grilld.com.au/about/localmatters

#LDDreamBig #Grill’d #SouthYarra #ChapelSt #Burgers #Grilld
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