You might be young but that doesn’t mean your role as a carer is any less stressful or overwhelming. Unlike other people your age, finding time to do your school work, socialise or to just be a kid can be a challenge.
We believe that no matter how old you are, you have the right to enjoy life and look after yourself. Our Young Carer program is here to ensure you reach your full potential.
Some of the services we offer are:
- Help with showering or dressing the person you care for
- Helping you prepare meals
- Cleaning your house or doing the gardening
- Taking you to appointments or the shops
- We can look after the person you care for in your home or at one of our respite homes
- Take you to fun, social events
When we say we’re here to support you as a carer, we mean it. That’s why we’re also your advocate.
While we only offer short term services, we can also provide referrals to long term support.
How do you know if you’re a young carer?
Many people don’t identify as a carer, let alone a young carer. Ask yourself, do you ever:
- Help take care of someone in your home who has disability, chronic or mental illness, who is frail aged or has an alcohol or drug problem
- Worry about leaving the person you care for at home, alone
- Get a sore back from lifting the person you care for
- Feel like you sometimes don’t get to do regular stuff with your friends
- Feel too tired to hang out with your friends or do school work?
If you answered yes to any of these, then get in touch.
For more information on Young Carers, head to Young Carers Network. This site is brought to you by Carers Australia and is a place to learn about the services and resources available to you.
So, how can you join us?
We’re here for people of all ages who live in Melbourne’s eastern region and care for someone with care needs including:
- Mental illness
- Chronic condition or illness
- Older people with care needs
- People in palliative care
Carers must be living in the local areas of Knox, Yarra Ranges, Whitehorse, Maroondah, Manningham, Monash and Boroondara.
VMCH acknowledges the support of the Victorian Government.