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What We Do

Hello! We're Australia’s leading Young Carer organisation, supporting young people who provide unpaid care for a family member affected by disability, chronic or mental illness, addiction or frail age. Since our launch in 2009, we've become a game changing force in the Young Carer space, developing internationally recognised best practice programs and changing the lives of thousands of Young Carers around Australia.

Across a range of direct support programs, both in-person and online, we're working to improve the quality of life of Young Carers across five key areas of risk: education, employment, mental and physical health, socialisation and financial wellbeing. It's our vision to create a world in which every Young Carer is supported by someone or something by 2030.

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Our Story

Our story began when our Founder and CEO was just nine years old and asked the very question that still drives us today, “who cares for the carers?”

Maddy grew up caring for her younger brother, who had a range of chronic illnesses, and her mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer. At nine years of age, she identified a gap in the support system for Young Carers and began to raise awareness through fundraising events and stalls.

Over a decade later and with more than 5,000 young people reached nationwide, Little Dreamers is Australia’s leading Young Carer organisation. Across a range of key support programs co-designed with young people in caring roles, we’re breaking down barriers and empowering youth, with a vision to ensure that every Young Carer around the world is supported by someone or something by the year 2030.

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Young Carers

A Young Carer is someone aged 25 or under who provides care for a family member affected by disability, chronic or mental illness, addiction, or frail age.

We know from experience that being a carer can be an amazing thing! Young Carers often learn compassion, kindness and empathy from having a caring role, and develop an incredible bond with the person they care for. But being a Young Carer can also significantly impact on one’s education, social life, employment and mental and physical health. That’s where we come in!

Did you know?

  • It’s estimated that 1 in 10 young people in Australia are carers
  • There are approximately 2 to 3 Young Carers in every Australian classroom
  • Young Carers are twice as likely to be disengaged from work or study than their peers
  • Carers have higher rates of poverty than non carers
  • 2 in 3 Young Carers experience mental health challenges
  • Young Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse people are over represented in the Young Carer population

Our Team

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Maddy

Founder and CEO

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Laura

State Manager (VIC)

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Tasha

State Manager (VIC) (on Mat Leave)

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Veronica

State Manager (QLD)

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Mary

State Manager (NSW)

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Emma

National Marketing and Fundraising Manager

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Nat C

National Carer Gateway Manager

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Jess

Operations Manager

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Caitlin

People and Culture Manager

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Erin

Executive Assistant

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Nat P

National Branding and Communications Manager

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Taylar

Partnerships and Fundraising Coordinator

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Hannah

Dreamers Hub Coordinator

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Olivia

Volunteer Coordinator

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Miranda

Program Manager (VIC)

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Amber

Senior Intake and Support Coordinator (VIC)

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Ebony

Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Kyle

State Program Coordinator (VIC)

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Yuval

National Program Coordinator

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Alma

National Program Coordinator

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Gee

National Program Coordinator

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Tahnee

Intake and Support Coordinator (NSW)

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Krystianna

Family Support Worker (NSW)

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Katie

State Program Coordinator (NSW) (on Mat Leave)

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Janine

Intake and Support Coordinator

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Lindsay

Program Manager (QLD)

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Benita

Community Engagement Coordinator (QLD)

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Beck

Family Support Worker (QLD)

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Kathryn

Intake & Support Coordinator (QLD)

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Alycia

State Program Coordinator (QLD)

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Dee

Regional Program Coordinator (QLD)

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Chief Barketing Officer

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group

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Bonnie

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Chris

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Daniel

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Lulu

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Nicole

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Numa

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Philippa

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Stephanie

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Seb

Our Ambassadors

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Elise Pulbrook

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Dena Kaplan

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Ariel Kaplan

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Gemma-Ashley Kaplan

Our Board

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Tom Levi GAICD: Chair

Principal at Nous Group

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Michael Gilbert: Treasurer

Senior Finance Business Partner at Australia Post

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Dana Rochwerger

Co-Founder at Not a Pony, Digital Marketing and Email Specialist at Delia Group

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Trevor Givoni

Clinical Psychologist at Department of Education and Training

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Rosie Thomas OAM

Co-Founder of PROJECT ROCKIT

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Zoe Nasr

People and Culture Director at Remedy Drinks

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Darren Lomman

State Manager at Hireup

Our Funders

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Our Advocates

Little Dreamers

"Young Carers are some of the most resourceful and resilient people around. Heavy responsibilities rest on their shoulders and they face and overcome challenges, often daily, that most adults would struggle to solve. We should champion all children and young people in caring roles, recognise their talent and support them to have the choices and freedom that the rest of us take for granted."

Little Dreamers

"There is an emerging consensus that around 10% of children and young people are Young Carers. They are involved in various caring roles for an ill or disabled relative/parent in their family, such as showering them, helping them to the toilet, keeping an eye on them, etc. These children represent a hidden army of young people who are also family carers. They will be on your street, in your community, in your schools . . . . can you see them yet?"

Little Dreamers

"If you’re a young adult caregiver, I implore you to share your story. Make yourself known. This may mean opening up to a friend, forming an online peer support group, or meeting with your state representative. Whatever you do, however seemingly big or small, is incredibly important in ensuring that the world knows that you serve an invaluable role as a young adult caregiver. Your acts of sacrifice are courageous and inspiring, particularly in a society that increasingly argues that today’s millennials are selfish and narcissistic. You are irreplaceable. You matter."

Our Founder and CEO, Maddy, recently sat down with Joel from @livedexperiencepodcast to chat about all things Young Carers ✨

Maddy shares her journey as a Young Carer, through to starting a non profit organisation, and why it's so important that we recognise and support the Young Carers in our community.

We've come a long way, but we've still got a long way to go 💪

Thank you Joel for having us on the podcast! Head to the link in his bio for the episode🎙

#littledreamers #youngcarers #youngcarersawareness #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #thelivedexperience
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Our Dream Big Gala is in less than two weeks and we are ALMOST sold out ✨

Spend a night under the stars to support Young Carers around Australia.

Hosted by @adamdensten and @symonlovett, with DJ entertainment, live music, three courses, cocktails on arrival and so many prizes 🌟💙

If you're planning to purchase a ticket, consider this your final reminder 😉

Book now: bit.ly/dreambiggala
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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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