Young carers are people up to the age of 25 years who provide a significant level of care to someone with an illness, disability, mental health issue or someone who is frail aged.
272,000 of Australia’s carers are young carers, which equates to around 1-in-10.* The person they care for may be a parent, partner, sibling, their own child, relative or friend.
Although many young carers view their caring role positively, research shows that inadequate support can have a serious impact on their health, mental health and wellbeing. Carer Support’s Raw Energy and Young Adult Carer programs are designed to assist and support young carers in their caring roles.
Carer Support’s Raw Energy program offers recognition and support for young people aged 5 – 17 in a caring role.
Young carers often undertake many responsibilities such as cooking, cleaning, looking after brothers and sisters, providing emotional support to family members, shopping, managing finances, and assisting with medication or personal care.
While caring for someone can be a great experience, it can also be tough at times. Raw Energy provides young carers with support to manage the pressures and responsibilities of their caring role, while providing opportunities to have fun, make friends, learn new skills and meet other carers.
If you are a young carer living in south or east metro Adelaide and you need to talk to someone call the Raw Energy team at Carer Support on (08) 8329 5888 or email RawEnergy@carersupport.org.au.
Young Adult Carer Program
Carer Support’s Young Adult Carer Program supports young people aged 18 – 25 who are in a caring role. The program includes social events and a strong focus on personal and individual health and well-being, as well as assisting young adults who wish to pursue further education and training while in their caring role.
For further information, please contact the Raw Energy team as above.
*ABS 2015, SDAC report