A young carer is a child or young person 25 years or under who provides support for a family member who has a long term disability, mental illness, other illness, drug or alcohol problem. Young carers usually have more responsibilities than other young people their age.
How can Young Carers get help?
The Young Carer Program is run by the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre and covers Ipswich, Logan, Beaudesert, Beenleigh, Boonah, Upper Coomera, Somerset Region & Laidley. They provide support to the family as a whole, by focusing on the young person. When you are caring for someone the little things that you have to do tend to add up over time, leaving you feeling tired and run-down. Getting help with these things can sometimes make a big difference.
You can get help with:
Respite - this means getting someone to care for your relative while you have a break
Domestic assistance - help with house cleaning, cooking meals etc.
Transport - for sporting events or social activities
Tutoring - to help you get on top of that subject you are struggling with
Camps - need a change of scenery - ask about our upcoming camps
Workshops - First aid, cooking, stress management - just to name a few
Referral - helping you to find the right service to help the person you are caring for
Counselling - sometimes you will just need to talk to someone.
So contact the Young Carer Support Officer at Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre on 1800 052 222 (freecall) or email us firstname.lastname@example.org or call the mobile on 0404 801 405. It is best to try and call between 8.30am and 4.30pm - but if you have an emergency you can call the 1800 number after hours and you will be able to speak with someone who can provide assistance.