Young carers respite

Many young carers find it difficult to balance education with their caring responsibilities. You may frequently miss school or not have time to finish homework. You may feel distracted or unconnected with your teachers and other students. You may even be considering leaving school because you find it hard to cope.

The Young carers respite can help if you are at risk of leaving school or a vocational training program early because of your caring responsibilities.

Who can we help?

You can access young carer respite:

  • If you are a young carer, up to the age of 25 years who provides significant care and support for a parent, partner, child, relative or friend who has a disability, is frail aged, or who has a severe mental or physical condition
  • If you are at primary or secondary school or a vocational education equivalent and are at risk of leaving school early because of your caring role
  • Carers calling from the south and east country region of South Australia will be linked with the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre, south and east country, which is a program of Carers SA.  Staff will assess your eligibility and provide information and respite.
  • Carers calling from outside the south and east country region of South Australia will be linked with the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre relevant to their location.

What kind of help?

Young carer programs provide support when you need it and the skills you need to help you to cope with your caring responsibilities.

We can help you:

  • To pay for some school costs and recreational activities (like sport, music, dance and other hobbies)
  • By listening when you need it and helping you to focus on your own health, wellbeing and needs
  • Arrange practical support in your home
  • Receive tutoring to make up for lost school time
  • Organise a planned break from your caring responsibilities
  • Meet other young carers in your area for peer support
  • Join in holiday activities and camps 

Call for help

Freecall 1800 052 222 anywhere in Australia (free call from land-line phones, mobile calls at mobile rates). Our staff can assess your eligibility and link you with services.

You can also ask your GP, case manager, service provider, support worker, school teacher or family member to make a referral with your consent.

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