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Resources

Carers NSW and other organisations have a selection of useful resources available to promote awareness of young carers, provide helpful information and assist with educating families, teachers and service providers. To order Carers NSW resources, please call (02) 9280 4744 or email [email protected] To view resources for carers of all ages, visit the Carers NSW website.

Carers NSW Resources

Young Carer Program Easy Read Flyer – A simplified factsheet explaining the Carers NSW Young Carer Program. Click here to download this flyer.

Young Carer Program Sign Up Cards – A quick and easy way to sign up to the Young Carer Program. Simply complete the sign up card, place it in an envelope (no stamp required) and send to YC Team, Carers NSW, Reply Paid 88594, North Sydney NSW 2059.

Young Carer Calling Card– Handy, wallet-sized cards that contain the contact details for the Young Carer Team at Carers NSW.

Young Carer Tipsheets – Created in 2019, these information tipsheets contain information for young carers about how to know if you’re a young carer, how to look after yourself and how to approach your teacher if you would like to tell them about your caring role.  There is also a tipsheet for young people who have a friend who is a young carer – how can you help? Click the links below to download these four tipsheets:

    1. Am I A Young Carer?
    2. Self-Care Tips For Young Carers
    3. Speaking With My Teachers
    4. Support A Friend

 

For Families

  • Family Focus Videos Created by COPMI, these videos are for parents with depression and/or anxiety. Open family discussion around mental illness is proven to boost family strength and build a child’s resilience. These free videos will help you to start the conversation with your child. Click here to watch.
  • COPMI Booklets – COPMI have developed a range of informative booklets in partnership with families and young people. The booklets contain tips and information for parents with mental health problems, their children, other family members and support people. Click here for more info.

For Educators

  • Young Carer Identification Guide – An A5 booklet that provides information on who young carers are and what they do, the impacts of caring and some tips and tricks on how to identify a young carer in a classroom setting. Click here to download the Identification Guide as a PDF.
  • Identifying and Supporting Young Carers E-Learning Tool – The NSW Government has developed a website and eLearning tool to raise awareness of young carers. The ‘identifying and supporting young carers’ website has been created for front line workers who want to know more about who young carers are, what they do and the impact that being a young carer may have on a child or young person. Click here to access.
  • Factsheet for Universities – The Carers NSW Policy Team has developed a factsheet for Universities and other tertiary institutions who would like some information on supporting carers in their cohort. Click here to view.

For Young Carers 

  • Young Carer Kits – Young Carer Kits are full of information and fun resources. If you are a young carer and would like to receive a Young Carer Kit, click here to sign up to the Young Carer Program. Your kit will be mailed to you upon registration.
  • Looking after yourself – ReachOut Australia has some wonderful resources for young carers, including some information on looking after yourself when caring for someone else. Click here to read online.
  • Caring for someone with cancer You have just been told that one of the most important people in your life has cancer. ‘Now What…?’ CanTeen has developed a range of books that that have been specifically written for young people who are dealing with a family member’s cancer diagnosis. They are easy to read and full of helpful information and advice that other young people in similar situations have found useful. Click here to read online.           
  • Caring for someone with MS MS Australia have developed a booklet called ‘Has your mum or dad got MS?’ It has been designed for young people and will help you to learn a bit more about Multiple Sclerosis. It contains easy to understand information about facts and feelings as well as some fun activities. Suitable for primary school aged children and younger. Click here to read online.
  • Caring for a sibling with a disability – If you have a sibling with a disability, remember that you are not alone. Other siblings share many of the same feelings and experiences that you do. Check out the following factsheets for more info:

                Tips for young Sibs; Siblings Australia Inc.  

                – Factsheet for siblings of young people with mental health issues; Siblings Australia Inc.