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Little Dreamers Australia

Supporting young people 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
Mentoring
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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!

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. "

It's officially June and we're gearing up for Rock Around the World taking place in less than 3 weeks' time! 🌏 🙌

Rock Around the World is a live virtual marathon that unites participants with one common goal - achieving an entire lap around the world (all 40, 075km) in just 24 hours!

Register now at www.rockaroundtheworld.org.au

Learn more about the other charities taking part:
@lsc.ph
@bbbsau
@varietyvic
@mirabelfoundation
@readysetau
@brainwaveaus
#RockAroundTheWorld2020 #RATWChallenge #StrongerTogether
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Today is Prader-Willi Syndrome Awareness Day. We support two beautiful families touched by the condition, so we wanted to take some time to help spread awareness about this extremely rare syndrome.

Worldwide, there are only approximately 400,000 people diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome. It's a lifelong condition and although lots of research is being carried out, there currently is no cure.
PWS is a non-inherited condition that's linked to the deletion or incompleteness of genes on the 15th chromosomes. This leads to neurological changes which cause altered growth patterns and development with associated cognitive disability and obsessive eating patterns.

There are no known reasons for the genetic accident that causes this condition, but medical professionals are learning more and more about PWS everyday, and there is hope. Hope that, through increased knowledge, we can help all people with this condition to live a fuller life despite their limitations and boost the possibility of finding a cure.

To find out more and lend your support, you can head to: praderwilli.org.au 🌟
#pws #praderwillisyndromeawareness #praderwillisyndrome
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This year's theme for National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June) is 'In this Together'. Although it was announced last year, the theme couldn't be more relevant or important given what’s happening around the world right now 🌏
On our journey to reconciliation, every one of us has a role to play, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories and cultures.
Whether in a crisis or in reconciliation, we really are all #InThisTogether ❤️💛🖤
#NRW2020 #InThisTogether2020
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The amazing @jancowen at our IWD breakfast back in March! 🙌 We’re dreaming of the day we can have all these amazing individuals in one room again (and host more breakfasts)! 💕 #IWD2020 #LDDreamBig ...

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