Eleven young carers from across Australia came together with young carer workers to share their experiences, develop their personal and professional skills and to discuss Carers Australia’s Young Carer Program.
Two terrific and very productive days were spent with The Australian National Young Carer Action Team, last week. Susan Abbott, Program Manager at Carers Australia and Jeffrey Barson, Young Carer Coordinator, organised and hosted a workshop in Sydney.
The Australian National Young Carer Action Team, or ANYCAT as it is known, workshopped issues aimed at improving young carers leadership and facilitation skills and developing better work practices
ANYCAT discussed how young carers could be better engaged with each other, and have taken the initiative to use social media to better engage with each other.
‘The face to face opportunity that is provided by Carers Australia at the annual ANYCAT workshops is so very valuable,’ said Ms Abbott. The young carers said that it gives them the opportunity to be listened to and have their opinions valued. These gatherings of the young carer team really are very important and worthwhile and help Carers Australia help them to develop personal and professional skills and very importantly to engage and get to know other young carers across Australia.
Young carers are children or young people up to 25 years of age, who help care in families where someone has an illness, a disability, a mental health issue or who has an alcohol or other drug problem.
To find out more about young carers go to www.youngcarers.net.au