If you are a professional, please ensure that you have consent from the young person and their parent or guardian to conduct a guided referral. If you do not have consent, you can call us on 1800 242 636 to discuss the situation and see how we can assist.
1. Refer over the phone
Call one of our Young Carer Project Officers on 1800 242 636 (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) and we will register the young person over the phone.
2. Refer via the registration form
Print and complete the registration form and send it to us via:
Post: Young Carer Team, PO Box 785 North Sydney NSW 2059
Fax: (02) 9280 4755
Email: [email protected]
What happens next?
Once the young person is registered, we will contact the family and young person and chat about their needs. With the family’s consent we will then link them in with local services that can assist them with their caring role. The young person will receive our quarterly young carer newsletter as well as opportunities to access day events, leadership programs, competitions, counselling and other supports which are appropriate for their age group.
“I felt that no one would understand what I was going through, and I was too ashamed to talk to my own family about what was going on for me because I felt that they didn’t need to be burdened with my worries and frustrations. I was reluctant to ring the number because I didn’t want my family to find out that I was enquiring and I was scared of the unknown.”
– Young carer, age 18, cares for mum who has a degenerative disease of the spine
“I never talked to anyone about this and my parents and family pretty much kept it a big secret from everyone. Because my brother physically looks like an ordinary guy no one would know unless they spent long periods of time with him. I also kept it from even my closest friends. I never realized that keeping this all in affected me until last year.”
– Young carer, age 22, cares for a brother who has schizophrenia