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Carer Gateway Support Services

Carer Gateway Support Services

Carer Gateway

Carer Gateway Support Services Carer Gateway Support Services

Little Dreamers is a Carer Gateway provider for Young Carers located in Queensland and New South Wales regions of South West Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains. If you’re 25 years of age or below, have a caring role, and live within these regions, you’ll be eligible to access support.

Supports available include:

  • Targeted financial support packages with a focus on employment, education, respite and transport
  • In-Person Peer Support program

UPDATE: Due to current COVID-19 circumstances, our In-Person Peer Support Program will be running online until at lease June 30.

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Carer Gateway Support Services

Eligibility

You’re eligible for support with Little Dreamers via the Carer Gateway if you fit into all the following criteria:

  • You provide care for a family member
  • Are under the age of 25
  • Live in Queensland or New South Wales regions of South West Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains

Apply For Support

  • Visit the Carer Gateway website
  • Call the Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737

Carer Gateway FAQs

Who is Wellways?

Wellways Australia is a not-for-profit mental health and disability support organisation. Their services span mental health, disability and community care, and reach thousands of people each year. Wellways is leading the delivery of Carer Gateway support services across Queensland, South West Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains, which launch on 6 April 2020. These services will be delivered in partnership with Dementia Australia, Little Dreamers, North West Remote Health and selectability.

This means that Wellways will be your first point of contact for all Australian Government funded carer services across Queensland, South West Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains. To apply for support through the Carer Gateway, you can get in touch with Wellways through the Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737.

What is the Carer Gateway?

The Carer Gateway is a new Australian Government funded initiative, designed to give carers access to support at critical and early points in their caring journey. It features a new range of both nationally and regionally based tailored services to help carers manage their daily challenges, reduce stress and plan for the future. 

On a national level, services available through the Carer Gateway include online support, forums and courses, as well as phone counselling. At a regional level, service providers (such as Little Dreamers) will provide support through programs such as In-Person Peer Support, In-Person counselling and carer coaching, and tailored support packages.

Can I volunteer for Little Dreamers in QLD and NSW?

Absolutely! We’re seeking volunteers in Queensland and New South Wales to assist us in facilitating our Carer Gateway programs.

If you’re passionate about supporting and working with young people and you’re in one of the below locations, we encourage you to fill out an application here.

Volunteer locations:

  • Brisbane (QLD)
  • Gold Coast (QLD)
  • Ipswich (QLD)
  • Sunshine Coast (QLD)
  • Bundaberg (QLD)
  • Mackay (QLD)
  • Townsville (QLD)
  • Liverpool (NSW)
  • Bankstown (NSW)
  • Fairfield (NSW)
  • Campbelltown (NSW)
  • Penrith (NSW)
  • Springwood (NSW)
What is the IPPS program?

Launching on 6 April, the In-Person Peer Support service is a free facilitated peer support forum specifically designed to assist carers to socialise, learn from and share their experiences with others, and experience relief from carer stress. The In-Person Peer Support includes eight face-to-face, one-hour sessions. 

Little Dreamers’ staff and volunteers are facilitating the In-Person Peer Support Program for Young Carers (under the age of 25) in specific areas across New South Wales (Liverpool, Bankstown, Fairfield, Campbelltown, Penrith and Springwood) and Queensland (Brisbane, Gold Coast, Ipswich, Sunshine Coast, Bundaberg, Mackay and Townsville). 

To access the IPPS program, you’ll first be required to complete your intake with Wellways, who will guide you through the application process and help you register for the program. You can contact Wellways through the Carer Gateway on 1800 422 737.

How do I know if I’m eligible for support through the Carer Gateway?

As defined in the Carer Recognition Act 2010, a carer is an individual who provides personal care, support and assistance to another individual who needs it because that other individual has a disability; medical condition (including a terminal or chronic illness); mental illness; or is frail and aged. Individuals of all ages who fit this description and live in Australia are encouraged to access the Carer Gateway and its relevant support programs.

If you’re a carer below the age of 25 living in Queensland or New South Wales regions of South West Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains, you’ll have the option to access Carer Gateway support services delivered by Little Dreamers. 

If you’re not sure about your eligibility as a Young Carer, get in touch with us today.

What regions am I eligible to access support with Little Dreamers through the Carer Gateway?

If you’re a Young Carer located in Queensland and New South Wales areas of South West Sydney or Nepean Blue Mountains, you’re eligible to access Carer Gateway support services with Little Dreamers.

Here’s a breakdown of the locations that we’re running our In-Person Peer Support groups:

  • Brisbane (QLD)
  • Gold Coast (QLD)
  • Ipswich (QLD)
  • Sunshine Coast (QLD)
  • Bundaberg (QLD)
  • Mackay (QLD)
  • Townsville (QLD)
  • Liverpool (NSW)
  • Bankstown (NSW)
  • Fairfield (NSW)
  • Campbelltown (NSW)
  • Penrith (NSW)
  • Springwood (NSW)

If you’re outside of Queensland and New South Wales, you’ll still be eligible to access support through Carer Gateway, however this will be facilitated by other service providers. We also encourage you to apply for support with Little Dreamers via our online application form, as our current programs in other states remain unchanged.

Does Little Dreamers still support Young Carers outside of the Carer Gateway?

Yes, all of our programs in Victoria and other states outside New South Wales and Queensland will operate as per usual! We’ll still be working with Young Carers right across Australia, with the only difference being the introduction of our Carer Gateway support programs in Queensland and New South Wales regions of South West Sydney and Nepean Blue Mountains. Young Carers and referrers outside of these areas are still encouraged to seek support by filling out our online application form.

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