Are you a young person looking after a family member or friend?
For some young people the definition of normal entails going to school or going out with friends, but we understand that for others, it could be different.
If your definition of normal involves caring for a family member or friend with a disability, you are a young carer.
We are here for you
In Queensland there are currently more than 60,000 people like you, helping a family member or a friend with things like cooking, cleaning, paying bills, taking medication or visiting the doctor.
We have a dedicated team to support you and make your life better.
How we can help?
Carers Queensland can help you with:
- Free, confidential telephone counselling
- Small-group and face-to-face counselling
- Information about services available to you
- Accessing the services or help you need
- Meeting and connecting with other young people at regular themed events
- Talking to your school/Uni/Tafe about how they can support you
Young Carer Bursary Program
We know that juggling life and caring responsibilities can be a balancing act and so we are here to help you relieve any financial pressure that you may experience along the way.
The Young Carer Bursary Program offers a $3000 scholarship to young carers aged 12-25, to assist with the costs of education. In 2017, over 340 young people received financial support.
Applications open in late July /early August each year and are accepted for up to six weeks from the opening date. If you would like more information about this program, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some other resources that can be helpful for your caring role include:
Being a young carer isn’t always easy, but as Corby explains, it has its rewards.
Want more information?
If you are looking for something more local, check out our Regional Offices and Support Groups.