Dream Experience

Young Carers

What's something you've always dreamt of doing?

A Dream Experience is more than just a day out for Young Carers. It’s an acknowledgement of all the amazing work they do to support their loved ones, and the chance to have a day that’s all about them!

Our Family Support Workers will work one-on-one with each Young Carer and their family to turn their little dream into a big reality!

Check out some recent Dreams and apply below.

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Alyssa

Alyssa

At just 5 years of age, Alyssa is a Young Carer for her brother who has Autism, Speech Processing Disorder, and language processing delay. Alyssa also plays a role in caring for her mother, who has undergone multiple surgeries as a result of a car accident and requires ongoing attention as a BRCA1 gene carrier.

Alyssa’s Dream was to attend Carols by Candlelight at Sidney Myer Music Bowl. With our accommodation partners Crowne Plaza Melbourne, Alyssa and her family were treated to two night’s accommodation at Crown Plaza and tickets to Carols.

Byron

Byron

Eight-year-old Byron is a Young Carer for his sister, who suffered a stroke at the age of two and obtained a resulting brain injury requiring multiple surgeries. Byron always helps his sister and family, puts clothes away, sets the table, helps walk the dog, helps her in the school yard, among other tasks.

For his Dream Experience, Byron attended a Richmond FC training session and met his footy idol, Dustin Martin!

“The program made my child feel like he was important too. He was overwhelmed & couldn’t believe how lucky he was to be given this opportunity.” Byron’s mum

Sam

Sam

Sam is 15 years old and is a Young Carer for his younger brother Jack who has a rare brain condition. As a result of Jack’s condition, it has been difficult for Sam to pursue his goals, specifically with cricket. For Sam’s dream experience, he visited the Tasmanian Cricket team at Junction Oval. He warmed up with them, had a go in the nets and bowled/batted with the team. Sam had an incredible time!

“Many, many thanks to Little Dreamers Australia and to all associated with Cricket Tasmania and the Tasmanian Tigers team for giving Sam what he told me was the best day of his life! An afternoon he will never forget and an experience that will continue to inspire him to keep reaching for his dream.” – Sam’s mum.

Jack

Jack

10-year-old Jack is a Young Carer for his little sister, who was the first person to be diagnosed with a rare condition called Xia-Gibbs syndrome. Jack is extremely patient, understanding and supportive of his sister, even presenting to his class on her syndrome and teaching them how they can care for and support her too!

Jack deserved an amazing Dream Experience to celebrate him! So with the help of Surf Trax Phillip Island, Jack lived out his dream of learning to surf with his dad, spending an all-inclusive two nights in Philip Island with surfing lessons, accommodation, bike tours and daily breakfasts!

Harvey

Harvey

Harvey is a Young Carer and massive support for his mum, who has severe osteoarthritis. As a result, she often find it hard to get around and Harvey must help with dressing, loading and unloading groceries, doing chores and travelling places. Harvey always has a smile on his face, is incredibly resilient, and absolutely loves dogs.

With the help of Guide Dogs SA/NT, Harvey spent the day with gorgeous guide dog puppies, helping guide them through obedience cues and enjoying plenty of cuddles!

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"Seeing the joy on Isabelle's face when the concert started will stay with me forever. The pure joy on her face was priceless! She felt so special at the Crowne Plaza, everyone made us feel so welcome. I know Isabelle will never forget this experience and why she received it. Thank you Little Dreamers!"

"Thank you so very much to all the wonderful people at Little Dreamers. You allowed my son to have a great day, a thrilling, exciting, exhausting experience and adventure. A week on and he is still buzzing about his aerobatic joy flight in a vintage Tiger Moth plane over the Great Ocean Road."

"Just wanted to say thank you so so much for Josh's dream experience. You made it all so easy and he had an an amazing time. The zoo sleepover was fantastic, the staff were wonderful. The best bit was the joy he got from realising that it was all thanks to him that his family got to enjoy it. "

"Riley was so excited to receive his Dream and he felt so special. He thoroughly enjoyed every second and for once something was just about him and he didn’t have it ruined by cancer. He was very grateful and didn’t want the day to end! "

"The Summer House is truly amazing. Maggie told me last night she has never felt so happy. We really don’t know how to thank you!"

"Never in his wildest dreams would he have imagined having such as experience. He certainly felt privileged, and much appreciative of this experience. For a 'moody teen' who doesn't say much - he has not stopped talking about it today!! "

"Sam told me he had the best day of his life and there is nothing that could have made it any better! The Little Dreamers staff, the team, and all associated were so kind, patient and supportive of him and gave him a truly wonderful experience that he will remember forever."

" The experience was absolutely unbelievable and Ethan felt validated, appreciated and exceptionally special. He loved every second of it, and we are so very appreciative for all of the hard work involved in making it happen!"

Dream Guidelines

  • We accept applications for young people aged between 4-25 that provide care for a family member affected by disability, illness or addiction.
  • All dream recipients under the age of 18 must be accompanied on their experience by a parent or guardian. While we wish you could bring along the whole family, only one person may accompany you on your special experience!
  • Unfortunately at this stage, we cannot provide interstate or international travel.
  • Items and financial assistance cannot be granted as a dream.
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