The Young Carer Project at Carers NSW was created to make a positive difference to the lives of young carers (25 yrs and under) and their families. Young Carers are children and young people who support someone in their family who has an illness, disability, mental illness, alcohol or drug problem.
We run state-wide camps for young carers aged (8–12, 13–17 and 18–25 years). Camp is an opportunity for these Young Carers to take a break, unwind, have fun and meet new friends in the same situation. Our camp program includes heaps of outdoor activities, games, youth theatre and interactive small groups where young carers get to talk about their family and caring role.
Volunteers are an integral part of the Young Carer camps. Up to 24 leaders per camp give up to 5 days of their time twice yearly to come to camp as volunteer leaders. Some leaders have been to over 15 young carer camps, and some take annual leave from their jobs to attend.
The benefits of being a volunteer include:
- making a difference in the lives of young people
- having fun
- making new friends
- gaining counselling and community work experience
- personal development.
Potential camp leaders must fill in an application form as well as a Working with Children Check form, then have a face-to-face interview with the Carers NSW Young Carer Project Officer. If accepted, the leader then attends the camp leader training day 2 weeks prior to camp, and the leader debrief which takes place 1 week after the camp has finished.
To find out more contact us by email, phone or visit http://www.youngcarersnsw.asn.au.
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