Western Australia Minister for Community Services Robyn McSweeney
Minister Recognises Western Australia’s Dedicated Young Carers
Victor P Taffa
Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney today recognised the dedication of young West Australian carers at the annual Young People Who Care Awards.
The awards were organised by Silver Chain and Carers WA to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution young carers aged 10 to 18 make to the community.
“Young carers provide care in a family affected by illness, disability, mental health and/or drug or alcohol-related issues.” Mrs. McSweeney said.
“They are often balancing their role with study and paid work, and as a result, their commitment often goes unrecognised.”
Throughout Australia, there are approximately 380,000 young carers under the age of 26, with about 170,600 of these under the age of 18. In Western Australia, there are an estimated 40,000 young carers.
“It was a pleasure to meet some of WA’s outstanding young carers today and I was really impressed with how they cope with their daily pressures and challenges.” the Minister said.
“These inspiring young people are incredibly resourceful. But however capable, they still need and deserve our ongoing support.”
This year, the following young carers were awarded in the following categories:
- Caring in the Community Award winner Chloe Payne and High Commendation Caryn Tan: the award recognises a young person who provides voluntary care to a person or people in their community;
- Young Carer Award winner Jake Dale: the award recognises a young person who cares for a family member with a disability or illness;
- Caring Together Award winners Ben Kenney and Taneese Greechan representing Broome Senior High School ‘Aged Care Award’: the award recognises an exceptional group, team or club of young people who carry out volunteer work that benefits others in their community.