Carer SA Young Carer Programs and services support young carers, up to the age of 25 years, who provide care and support for parent, partner, child, sibling, relative or friend who has a disability, is frail aged, or who has a severe mental or physical condition.
Many young carers find it difficult to balance their caring responsibilities with their every day life. Of the estimated 30,300 young carers in South Australia, Carers SA currently provide direct support to 409 young carers (1.35% of all young carers in SA). Carers SA provides a range of supports to young carers, including:
Our staff are trained to understand the needs of young carers and their families. All services for young carers are delivered within a family centred approach whereby staff provide support to the young carer and their family. Staff can help by:
The state based Young Carer Program team can provide:
We can also help parents, teachers, service providers and othr people looking for information about Young Carer Supports and services in South Australia.
The regionally based Young Carer Program team can provide information, referral, and emotional and social support to young carers in the following regions of South Australia:
1800 815 549 (free call from a landline and mobile phones will be charged at mobile rates).
Our staff can assist and connect you with relevant services and programs in your area.
The Young Carers Respite & Information Program provides support, respite and information services for carers to help them balance their care responsibilities with social participation and the completion of their education. Following assessment, the information service can provide referrals to appropriate existing community services and respite funding can be used to reduce stress and meet their more immediate and short-term needs. For example, funding can be used to provide domestic assistance in the home, help to attend social or recreational activities including transport, school holiday breaks, tutoring, skills development, mentoring etc.
This is a national program but auspiced by Carers SA in the South & East country region.
1800 052 222 (free call from a landline and mobile phones will be charged at mobile rates).
How does counselling help?
Caring can be rewarding, but it can also be stressful and difficult. Many carers experience complicated feelings related to their role as a Carer. Emotions like anger, depression, anxiety, loneliness, loss and grief are very common.
Your family and friends can provide important support but you may find it helpful to talk with an objective professional who is not emotionally involved with you or the person you are caring for. Our Carer Counselling Program can link you up with qualified professionals who understand the problems that caring families often face. Carer counselling is available to carers of any age including young carers.
You can talk to us by yourself or include your partner and other family members.
We can help you:
• Deal with overwhelming and confusing feelings
• Make sense of your experiences as a carer
• Work out your own needs and solve problems
• Manage conflict, stress and other emotional factors that make caring more difficult
1800 242 636 (free call from a landline and mobile phones will be charged at mobile rates).