During the COVID-19 health pandemic, Carers SA is fully committed to supporting South Australian carers (click here to learn more). If you need assistance during this time, please call us on 1800 422 737

Are you a young carer?

 
 

Are you under 25 and looking after a family member or friend?

Do you regularly help out and support a person who requires ongoing care?

This person could be a parent, partner, child, sibling, relative or friend who has a disability, is elderly or frail, or who has a severe mental or physical illness.

Want to talk to someone?

Being a carer isn’t always easy, so don’t feel embarrassed about wanting to talk to someone. Can a family member or friend help? Can you talk to your teacher at school?

You can always call Carers SA on 1800 422 737 for advice and support, too.

  • At Carers SA, we have a team who are experienced in speaking to carers under 25. We can provide support, information and referrals specific to your situation.

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  • If you feel more comfortable speaking to a professional, in total confidence, our counselling program might help.

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  • Young Carer Workers can provide support and information to you and provide the opportunity to connect with other young carers in your area.

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Meet other young carers

It can be helpful (and fun!) to take some time out from caring and meet other carers in the same boat as you.

Is your schoolwork suffering?

It can be difficult balancing your education with caring.

Do you sometimes find it hard to concentrate at school or not have time to finish homework? Does your teacher understand about your caring role?

Carers SA might be able to raise awareness of young carers at your school, assist with tutoring outside of school hours, assist with the cost of school uniforms, IT supplies and textbooks, or help prepare you for the world of work.

If we cannot help directly, we can put you in touch with other support services who may be able to.

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Financial Help

As a young carer, there are some government payments that you may be able to access.

The Young Carer Bursary Program aims to help relieve financial pressure for young carers while they combine studying and their caring responsibilities.

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There also is a National Young Carer website that is packed full of information just for young carers – head on over and take a look!