Bonnie – Coordinator of Children & Young People Services
I’m Bonnie! It’s great to be a part of Carers NSW and to work with young carers. In my spare time, I love to sing and spend time with my friends and my puppy, Alfonso. I am also on a mission to learn how to play the ukulele… Wish me luck!
Jessi – Young Carer Project Officer
How goes it YC’s! My name is Jessica but you can call me Jessi for short. I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to be a part of the Young Carer Team. A little bit about myself… I am a complete and utter animal lover which probably explains my obsession with my Chihuahua Karma. In my free time I like to spend my time working out, and hanging out with friends and family. Can’t wait to meet you all!
Carers NSW works with all carers regardless of their age, location, life-stage or circumstances. This includes those caring for individuals with support needs relating to ageing, disability, health and mental illness. Carers NSW is a not-for-profit registered charity. In June 2015 Carers NSW status changed to company limited by guarantee. We are governed by a Board of Directors in accordance with the Corporations Act 2001 and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Act 2012.
Mary is the NSW ANYCAT Rep, she is 16 years old and from Sydney. Mary graduated from the Young Carer Leadership Program in 2014 and went on to become the official ANYCAT Rep in 2016.
“Hey guys! My name is Mary, I’m 16 and I’m the NSW ANYCAT rep! I’m super excited to meet other awesome YCs from all over Australia, raise awareness about Young Carer issues and make the lives of Young Carers better! I care for my Dad who has Motor Neurone Disease, and my younger brother Dan who has Autism and an Intellectual Disability. I graduated from the Young Carer Leadership Program in 2014 and I was a director for the amazing #YCproject film! My hobbies include playing with my cats Ed (named after Ed Sheeran cos he’s a ginger) and Stormageddon Dark Lord of All. I really love cats, in fact, I’ll fall in love with almost ANY CAT (ha… ha… ha…). As well as being a crazy cat lady, I am also a musical theatre nerd, Harry Potter obsessed and I work at Taronga Zoo! Ta ta for now, Mary.”
Mary attended the ANYCAT conference in Brisbane in May 2016, along with team member Bonnie and outgoing ANYCAT rep Tevita. They represented young carers in NSW and provided feedback to Carers Australia. Stay tuned to the Young Carer Website to be kept up-to-date on Mary’s experience as the ANYCAT representative for NSW!
*ANYCAT is the Australian National Young Carer Action Team, made up of young carer representatives from Carers Associations in every state and territory. ANYCAT reps catch up once a year to give advice and feedback on the national Young Carer Program. They let us know what’s working well and also what could be improved on. It’s a great opportunity to meet young carers from all across Australia and brainstorm ideas together on how to better support and connect with young carers.