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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, substance use 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, social wellbeing and financial literacy. It's our vision to create a world in which every Young Carer is supported by someone or something by 2030.

A young Maddy and her Co-Founder, Bec, sit proudly in front of a bright blue Little Dreamers poster the is pinned to the wall. The poster features our original Little Dreamers logo (a fairy silhouette holding a wand) and a collage of photos that are too small to decipher. Maddy wears a red beanie and a striped white off the shoulder top, and Bec on the right has long light brown hair and a fringe, with a light grey and pink t-shirt.

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 6,500 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.

About Us

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
  • 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
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Our Team

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Maddy

Founder and CEO

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Brett

Operations Director

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Emma

National Marketing and Communications Manager

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Nick

Partnerships and Fundraising Manager

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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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Erin

Executive Assistant

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Olivia

Volunteer Coordinator

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Jess

Operations Manager

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Brooke

Operations Assistant

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Natalie

National Branding and Communications Manager

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Hannah

Dreamers Hub Coordinator

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Miranda

Program Manager (VIC)

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Gee

National Program Coordinator

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Alma

National Program Coordinator

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Yuval

National Program Coordinator

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Kyle

State Program Coordinator (VIC)

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Amber

Senior Intake and Support Coordinator (VIC)

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Mel

Intake & Support Coordinator (VIC)

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Amanda

Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Monika

Family Support Worker (Geelong)

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Lindsay

Program Manager (QLD)

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Benita

Community Engagement Coordinator (QLD)

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Alycia

State Program Coordinator (QLD)

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Dee

Regional Program Coordinator (QLD)

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Richard

Senior Intake and Support Coordinator (QLD)

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Kathryn

Intake & Support Coordinator (QLD)

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Beck

Family Support Worker (QLD)

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Jazzlyn

Community Engagement Coordinator (NSW)

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Rachel

Program Coordinator (NSW)

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Katie

State Program Coordinator (NSW) (on Mat Leave)

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Tahnee

Intake and Support Coordinator (NSW)

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Janine

Intake and Support Coordinator (NSW)

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Fang

Family Support Worker (NSW)

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Daisy

Chief Barketing Officer

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, Head of Digital and Funday Sweets

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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 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

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

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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, is joining team Little Dreamers to trek the Larapinta Trail for Young Carers this May 🥾✨

Will you join us?

Register 👉 bit.ly/littledreamers-larapinta
Donate 👉 bit.ly/larapinta-maddy



Repost @madeleinebuchner

I’m stepping out of my comfort zone in 2023 and raising money for @littledreamersaustralia and Young Carers in the progress 💪🏻🕺
• 5km fun run in March
• Active Escapes retreat in April
• 60km Trek through the Larapinta in NT in May

I’m excited, I’m terrified and I’m ready to get into the best shape of my life - physically and most importantly, mentally.

I am aiming to raise $10,000 to ensure that every Young Carer has access to equitable support to improve their quality of life. If you’re able to donate I have included a link in my bio 💁‍♀️

We still have a couple of spots left on the Larapinta Trek if you’re interested in getting on board, trekking across the Australian Outback over 5 days whilst raising money and awareness for @littledreamersaustralia and Young Carers ✨
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