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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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Founder and CEO

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Nat C

National Carer Gateway Manager

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National Marketing and Events Manager

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State Manager (VIC) (on Mat Leave)

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State Manager (VIC), National Education Program Manager

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State Manager (QLD)

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Interim State Manager (NSW), Community Engagement Coordinator (NSW)

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Nat M

National Branding and Communications Manager

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Partnerships and Fundraising Coordinator

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Operations Manager

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People and Culture Manager

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Volunteer Coordinator

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Dreamers Hub Coordinator

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Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Government Relations and External Affairs, Program Lead (VIC)

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Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Regional VIC Partnership and Program Lead

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Program Lead (VIC)

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The Young Carer Project Coordinator (VIC)

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Family Support Worker (NSW)

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Family Support Worker (NSW)

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Program Coordinator (NSW) (on Mat Leave)

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Program Coordinator (NSW)

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Program Manager (QLD)

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Community Engagement Coordinator (QLD)

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Program Coordinator (QLD)

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Family Support Worker (QLD)

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Family Support Worker (Bundaberg)

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Program Coordinator (Bundaberg)


Chief Barketing Officer

Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group

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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


Zoe Nasr

People and Culture Director at Remedy Drinks

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Darren Lomman

State Manager at Hireup

Our Funders

Little Dreamers Australia

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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."

SO! There's just over 1 month until our Victorian Youth Festival and we are JUST. SO. EXCITED. 🏆

Our official workshop guide is launching next week. From dance, to poetry, music, public speaking, art therapy, photography and more, there's a bit of everything for every young person.

Register for one, two or all three days for FREE here 👉 bit.ly/vicyouthfestival2022

#VicYouthFestival #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers #FReeZA

Come and find us at the @careexpomelbourne today and tomorrow 9am - 4pm at the Melbourne Showgrounds ✨

We’ll be here with smiling faces, lots of Young Carer information and our colouring wall 🎨

Hands up if you attended our gala in 2017 🙋‍♀️✨

Here's a little flashback!

We’re so excited that tickets are now on sale for our 2022 Dream Big Gala taking place in October.

You can purchase yours at: bit.ly/dreambiggala (or head to the link in our bio!)

#DreamBigGala #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers

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