Grants available to Young Carers in Wollondilly

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Grants available to Young Carers in Wollondilly

Posted on: 24.01.2019

Wollondilly Council has introduced a new funding grant this year to support local young people who provide care, including emotional and physical support to a care recipient.

The Young Carers Grant aims to reduce barriers to education and increase social inclusion for young carers in Wollondilly between the ages of 12 and 18.

One off grants of up to $1000 are available to young people living in Wollondilly for educational expenses, technology or social activities that help address the aims of the grant. Expenses can include (but are not limited to) individual educational tuition, Ipads, laptops, gym membership, dance classes and text books.

Community Projects & Events Team Leader Rob Moran said, “Young carers may help look after a person or people who have a disability, a mental health condition, an addiction problem, a chronic illness or is frail aged.”

“The grant aims to improve the educational opportunities and social inclusion of young carers who may be impacted by their caring responsibilities.”

Young carers may complete tasks such as personal care, cleaning, assisting with medications, or simply providing companionship.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) estimates that there are approximately 100,000 young carers aged under 25 living in NSW. Young carers can often experience reduced participation in education and employment, social and community participation and leisure activities due to their caring responsibilities.

Application close on 25 February 2019 with forms available on Council’s web pagehttps://www.wollondilly.nsw.gov.au/resident-services/community/council-grants-and-sponsorship

For more information contact Council on 4677 1100 or youth@wollondilly.nsw.gov.au