The team at Little Dreamers has made a commitment to being better allies with our Indigenous Young Carers and those from diverse backgrounds (BIPoC – Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) both here in Australia and around the world.
Over the past couple of weeks, we have had some difficult conversations and begun to educate ourselves more and more about how the world is for those around us. And while the conversations seem to be slowing down around us, we know that we’re nowhere near the change and equality that we so desperately need.
In Australia, Indigenous young people are two to three times more likely than non-Indigenous young people to be carers and compared to non-carers, twice as many young primary carers were born in non-English speaking countries.
“To bring about change, you must not be afraid to take the first step. We will fail when we fail to try” – Rosa Parks
We’re making a commitment to learn more, listen more and use our programs to better support Young Carers in our BIPoC communities. We want to ensure that our programs, our team and our platforms are as inclusive as possible. We want to build a community where our neighbours, friends and family feel safe and welcome and to do this we need your help.
“What if 2020 isn’t cancelled? What if 2020 is the year we’ve been waiting for? A year so uncomfortable, so painful, so scary, so raw – that it finally forces us to grow…the most important year of them all” – Leslie Dwight
Little Dreamers is here as an inclusive support for all Young Carers. To do this we are developing new supports, different supports and reviewing our practices to ensure that they are as comprehensive as possible. At times this may feel uncomfortable and we will be challenging any unconscious bias that we hold, but doing nothing right now is not an option we have.
And if you have any suggestions or feedback for us along the way, we are always open to listening, learning and improving. Please never hesitate to get in touch.