Young Carers WA will be one of the first featured speakers at the 2018 Engagement Forum WA in December. The forum is for youth and community workers, who work with youth at risk of disengaging from their education and limiting their future options, and is a place to hear from a diverse range of speakers and participate in a range of workshops of their choice.
The four main topics of the 2018 Engagement Forum WA are:
- Early Engagement Strategies
- Pathways and Transitions
- Health and Wellbeing
Young Carers WA team members, Jodie Ronan and Andi Dackins, first attended the forum in 2017 and were scheduled in for Session Four, during the last round of speakers for the day. In 2018, Young Carers WA have been scheduled to be one of the first speakers of the day, during Session One.
Andi Dackins will return, this time with new Young Carers WA team member, Nerine Mason, to teach about young carers, again using the experiential activity “Through The Cracks: Walking in the Shoes of a Young Carer.”
The activity, which is held in silence to mimic the isolation that young carers often feel, is designed to get participants to put themselves in the place of a young carer and to learn about the issues, experiences and needs of a young carer. Many young carers don’t know where to go for help and often are deferred from one organisation to another, leading to even more confusion.
“Through the Cracks: Walking in the Shoes of a Young Carer” is a powerful role play exercise that was co-developed by Carers NSW and The Mental Health Coordinating Council (MHCC) as an adaption of The Referral Game, written by Tim Earnshaw. It is Young Carers WA’s hope that at the end of the activity, youth and community workers will adopt a “No Wrong Door” approach to working with young carers; providing guided referrals to other organisations, when theirs is unable to help.
The 2018 Engagement Forum WA promises to be just as valuable as 2017’s, with topics ranging from “Engaging youth through personality – Jenny Gleeson, Lifeworx Career Development” and “Beyond school transition: evidence based programs and new innovations – John Gelagin & Janine Kannemeyer – The Smith Family”.
Tickets are now booked out for the forum.
Young Western Australian carers can contact Young Carers WA on 1300 227 377 if they need help finding services or need referrals. Information for young carers across Australia can be found on the Young Carer Network.
Young WA carers can also find helpful resources under the Info & Help tab at the top of this page.