Read young carer stories

Young carer stories are helping raise young carer awareness, help identify young carers and share their feelings and experiences.  By reading their stories you will be able to get an insight into what their role is like and how different it is for each person.

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My Family

My name is Nick, I’m 21 years old, and I care for my wife who has ME/CFS (chronic fatigue syndrome), and her younger sibling who has ADHD and PTSD – they’re living with us in out-of-home care due to their mother’s various mental illnesses rendering her incapable of taking proper care of them. I’ve been […]
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Caring for my mum

I am 16 years old and I look after my mum. Since we live by ourselves I have to look after her because of her medical conditions which can be hard to do so being able to go out with young carers is helpful by taking away all the stress I have. Being around other […]
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The Young Carers Bursary made a difference

Dad had a car accident when I was young. He can’t walk around much, and is on a lot of medication for the pain. It’s just the two of us. Being a carer isn’t something I chose. It’s something I’ve had to grow and learn to accept. A lot of the time I don’t really […]
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What has it taught me?

Hi, my name is Katrine and I provide care for my my youngest sister and my mum. I have been a young carer for 10 years, my sister has a severe intellectual disability and severe autism; my mum has fibromyalgia. I provide care because I love my family and I don’t want to see them […]
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To help others

Hi. My name is James and I am a young carer. I care for my older brother, who has autism spectrum disorder. My duties usually involve staying around the house with him to keep him entertained and give him company as he has no friends outside of home. I also have to take care of […]
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Non verbal

My name is Ivona, I am 16 and live in New South Wales. One unique thing about me is that I am a twin. I have been caring for my brother for as long as I can remember. My brother requires care because he is a nonverbal boy with autism. I have to care for […]
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Inner suburb confessional

I’ve been my mum’s carer since I was 15. But even before that, I remember late night emergency room visits, and feeling more pressured to take on household responsibilities. My mum has mental health issues, and as of February this year, was technically medically dead. See, for the past 18 months before February, mum had […]
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Growth

Growing up you learn something new every day. Being the oldest child and only girl, it is evident that I should support my family. My dad had a very severe accident at work just under two years ago now. I help him all the time. It’s sometimes hard for me to juggle all this and […]
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Writing music

Hey, my name is Daphne and I’m 16. I want to write music that people can connect with and feel but also be able to dance and move along to. My mother requires care because she has Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which affects her nervous system but mainly her legs.  I have been her carer for […]
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Mum and dad

Hi! I am Cristina and I am 22 years of age. I have been a young carer all my life providing special care to my parents. My parents both have disabilities in which my dad is blind and my mum is hearing impaired. Throughout my entire life, I have been a support and guide to […]
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