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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 with a disability, illness or addiction. Over the past 12 years, 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 with a disability, chronic illness, mental illness or an addiction.

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
  • 2 in 3 Young Carers experience mental health challenges
  • 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
  • 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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Carla

General Manager

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Emma

National Marketing and Events Manager

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Cath

Virtual CFO

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Tasha

State Manager (VIC)

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Tu

State Manager (QLD)

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Nat C

National Carer Gateway Manager

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Benita

Community Engagement Coordinator (Carer Gateway)

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Laura

Education Program Manager

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Nat M

Graphic Designer

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Jess

Operations Coordinator

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Taylar

Events and Fundraising Coordinator

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Emma C

Dreamers Hub Editor

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Steph

Volunteer Coordinator

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Miranda

Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Amber

Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Gee

Regional Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Yuval

Big Dreamers Coordinator

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Mary

Family Support Worker (NSW)

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Tahnee

Family Support Worker (NSW)

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Katie

Program Coordinator (NSW)

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Alycia

Program Coordinator (QLD)

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Chief Barketing Officer

Our Ambassadors

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Dena Kaplan

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Ariel Kaplan

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Gemma-Ashley Kaplan

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Alicia Banit

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Michael Short

Our Board

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Michael Thurin

Board Chair |

Management Consultant | A.T. Kearney

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Trevor Givoni

Clinical Psychologist | Department of Education and Training

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Dana Rochwerger

Digital Acquisition Manager | Bared Footwear

Sally
Sally McLeod

Group Financial Controller | Forever New Clothing Pty Ltd

Zoe
Zoe Nasr

People and Culture Director at Remedy Drinks

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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."

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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*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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