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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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Carla

General Manager

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Nat C

National Carer Gateway Manager

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Emma

National Marketing and Events Manager

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Tasha

State Manager (VIC) (on Mat Leave)

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Laura

State Manager (VIC), National Education Program Manager

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Matthew

State Manager (NSW)

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Veronica

State Manager (QLD)

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Nat M

Graphic Designer

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Taylar

Partnerships and Fundraising Coordinator

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Jess

Operations Coordinator

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Caitlin

National People and Culture Coordinator

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Hannah

Dreamers Hub Coordinator

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Emma C

Dreamers Hub Editor

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Alma

Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Miranda

Government Relations and External Affairs, Program Lead (VIC)

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Amber

Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Ebony

Family Support Worker (VIC)

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Gee

Regional VIC Partnership and Program Lead

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Yuval

Program Lead (VIC)

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Kyle

The Young Carer Project Coordinator (VIC)

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Mary

Community Engagement Coordinator (NSW)

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Tahnee

Family Support Worker (NSW)

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Janine

Family Support Worker (NSW)

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Katie

Program Coordinator (NSW) (on Mat Leave)

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Krystianna

Program Coordinator (NSW)

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Lindsay

Family Support Worker (QLD)

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Benita

Community Engagement Coordinator (QLD)

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Alycia

Program Coordinator (QLD)

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Dee-Ann

Program Facilitator (Bundaberg)

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Chief Barketing Officer

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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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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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."

Thank you so much to the Australian Youth Affairs Coalition (@ausyouth) for presenting an advocacy workshop to our Level UP participants in the lead up to the federal election! 🌟

Our Level UP group learned about political advocacy, had some of their questions about politics answered, and discussed how they can feel empowered as young people to participate in democracy 💪

If you'd like to learn more about the work AYAC does, follow them on social media or visit their website: www.ayac.org.au

Level UP is open to Young Carers aged 18-25 who live in Victoria and Sydney.

👉 To get involved or learn more, send us a message or email georgia@littledreamers.org.au

#LevelUP #PoliticalAdvocacy #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers
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Join Little Dreamers at the Pitch Up crowdfunding event in Geelong next Thursday at the Geelong Events Centre! 📣

Attend for free, show your support and help us secure much needed funding for our programs, impacting the lives of Young Carers right across Australia 🌟

Reserve your seat 👉 pitch-up-geelong-2022.raisely.com/signup

#PitchUp #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers
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🎧 This week’s episode sees the return of a very special guest, Dan Shandler, Co-Founder of @elephant.ed, Australia’s leading youth-led sex-education provider.

This week, Dan and Maddy help listeners understand online grooming. We learn where to go for help and the importance of changing the cultural conversation around victim blaming.

Disclaimer: this episode is recommended for young people 14+ years of age.

Spotify 👉 spoti.fi/366AENf
Apple 👉 apple.co/3CXHWyG

Modules on the Dreamers Hub: www.dreamershub.com.au/academy/

#SafeIsSavvy #YoungCarers #LittleDreamers
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Choose @powerup_challenge / Power Up Youth Alliance when participating in the @melbmara THIS OCTOBER! ⚡️

🌟Power Up for the Nike Melbourne Marathon this October and support the 1 in 4 young people facing mental health challenges in Australia today.

👉Register here: www.powerupchallenge.org.au

#powerup #powerupyouthalliance #melbournemarathon
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