“Your Story Matters” is a Carers Australia campaign encouraging young carers aged 13 to 25 to share their story on the Young Carers Network story wall. The first 100 young carers to share their stories will receive two movie vouchers. There are tools on the Young Carers Network website to help young carers write their stories and authors can remain anonymous.
Sam Eaton, the National Young Carers Program Coordinator, has said that Carers Australia is excited about the launch and has asked young carers to share their stories, stating that this will
help Australians understand young carers and the challenges you face.
Young carers who would like some help can use the “Story Builder” tool at https://youngcarersnetwork.com.au/story-wall. The Young Carer Network is a website for young carers across Australia, where they can see upcoming events, webinars, engage in e-learning, find resources and information, join forums and of course, read and share stories.
One of the e-learning courses available is called “Ten Tips on How to Public Speak Like a Boss”, by young carer Nipuni (Nip) Wijewickrema, who promises to help build young carer’s confidence in sharing their stories, through her own experience.
- Young carers must be aged 13 to 25
- The story needs to be 200 words or more
- The story can’t contain any identifiable information
Write the kind of story you would like to read. People will give you all sorts of advice about writing, but if you are not writing something you like, no one else will like it either.
– Meg Cabot
How to Submit a Story
- Visit www.YoungCarersNetwork.com.au
- Create a Young Carers Network account
- Visit the Story Wall webpage
- Click “Submit Story”
- Fill out the form with your story
- Tick off that you accept the terms and conditions
- Submit your story!
Visit www.youngcarersnetwork.com.au for more information. The campaign will run until 20th November 2018 or when the movie vouchers run out.
No matter where you live in Australia, there is a Carers Association that can support you. Phone 1800 242 636 to be put in touch with your state’s young carer program.