The Young Carer Project (VIC)
The Young Carer Project
In line with the recently launched DET Young Carer Policy, Little Dreamers has partnered with the Department of Education and Training (DET), the Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (DFFH) and PROJECT ROCKIT to deliver The Young Carer Project in schools across Victoria.
This program includes professional development for teachers, support for students in breaking down stigma associated with care and disability, and individual support for Young Carers within the school environment. Participating schools will also receive ongoing guidance and connection with Little Dreamers to provide a whole-of-school approach to inclusion and support for Young Carers.
The Young Carer Project is provided fully funded by DFFH and is delivered with a community approach, bringing together a number of schools at a time to collaborate for training. Read on to find out what the program is all about, and register your interest for the program via the link below!Register your Interest
What is The Young Carer Project?
The Young Carer Project believes in a school community where Young Carers have equal access to educational opportunities as their peers. To do this, we’re educating teachers and students in schools across Victoria, helping them to better identify and support Young Carers in their classrooms.
When you become part of The Young Carer Project, you’ll nominate your key teachers and wellbeing staff (Teacher Champions) and students with caring roles (Young Carer Ambassadors), who will then participate in training, workshops and online modules. Training for Teacher Champions can take place either in-person or online.
Check out our project roadmap below to learn more about the process!View our roadmap
Benefits of the program
The Young Carer Project provides:
- Professional development for your teachers
- Support for students in breaking down stigma associated with care and disability
- Individual support for Young Carers within the school environment.
- Ongoing guidance and connection with Little Dreamers
The Young Carer Project is fully funded by DHHS and is delivered as a community approach, bringing together a number of schools at a time to collaborate for training.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meet Our Facilitators
"I was introduced to Little Dreamers through the Big Dreamers program last year. There, I discovered my love for support work and found the opportunity to share my experience as a Young Carer with others, which then led to a job working with The Young Carer Project! I love all creative things, including colourful makeup, painting and baking. "
"I moved from New Zealand to Melbourne 8 years ago with just my backpack and a wealth of Kiwi determination. My journey has taken many roles, from team leading, events coordination and studying theatre at the VCA. For the past 3 and a half years, I've been travelling throughout Australia and NZ, hosting and presenting events. I have a huge enthusiasm for story-telling and also volunteer at Triple RRR Radio in Melbourne hosting a quirky late-night show on Thursdays!"
"Growing up in country Victoria, I developed a strong passion for mental health education and promoting positive mental health and stigma reduction. I have followed Little Dreamers for ages, and am incredibly excited to join The Young Carer Project and help schools feel better equipped to identify and support the Young Carers in their schools!"
"I'm a fun-loving, eye-patch wearing, bestselling author and stage 4 cancer survivor. As the eldest of 4 children, I have experienced both sides of the coin; being a carer and being the one requiring care. With this, I have seen the impact being a Young Carer has and want to help others find their voice and empower them to create change in this space. I am driven by impact, and I want to leave this big beautiful world better than I found it."
"A newly-minted Australian citizen, I migrated to Australia 10 years ago from the US. A former Young Carer myself, I work with children on the spectrum while studying teaching. I'm passionate about social justice and inclusive policies, and believe in always striving to make things better in the world. I spend my downtime working on creative projects and listening to political podcasts with my dog."
"I grew up in country Victoria, a wild barefoot kid who made excellent mud pies that I sold in my ‘shop’, “Sar Bears Den”. Equipped with a strong sense of social justice and a whole lot of grit that was fostered by my Dad, I moved to Melbourne to study and have since gained experience working with a diverse range of people across mental health, social justice theatre, community arts, drama teaching and disability. I now hold a Masters of Disability and Inclusion and feel really privileged to be able to work with schools and Young Carers. Outside of work, you will find me gardening, painting, doing crosswords and cooking vego food for my family and friends. I am so excited to see you in a workshop soon!"
"I am passionate about facilitating conversations in which we share ideas, suggestions, stories and resources for making our lives better. As a firefighter and coordinator of a youth transport project, I realised having conversations... sometimes honest and tough ones... are the best way to positively change lives. "