Recognition and support for the Territory’s young carers
(Photo caption: NT Young Carers Award winner Kyaw Naing John Yusuf and Carers NT CEO Steve Vitone.)
Community organisation Carers NT has offered a heartfelt thanks to all of the participants in the Young Carers category at last night’s NT Young Achievers Award for the contribution they make to our society.
Chief Executive Officer Steve Vitone said the finalists demonstrated a maturity and dedication to their family members way beyond their years and that our community as a whole should acknowledge the valuable role they play as caregivers.
“We are incredibly proud to work with these three young individuals who provide unpaid care for their family members while continuing to participate in community activities and advocate for other young carers,” Mr Vitone said.
“24 year old Young Carer Award winner Kyaw Naing John Yusuf cares for his mother who suffers from mental illness, providing up to 18 hours of care a day. Kyaw is an active ambassador for multiculturalism and a role model for young carers.
“Carers often go unrecognised yet there are more than 272,000 young carers, that is people up to the age of 25 caring for a family member, in Australia.
“Even more astounding is that there are 78,000 Australian children under the age of 15 who are young carers. This equates to 2 or 3 children in every Australian classroom that have some level of responsibility as a carer in their home.
“We recognise that while being a carer can be very rewarding, caring for a loved one can also be emotionally and physically draining. Everyone at some point needs extra support, some time-out or an understanding ear to help cope with the situation,” Mr Vitone said.
“At Carers NT we strive to be part of a community in which carers are recognised and valued as a significant asset in which they have access to timely and appropriate services.
“Congratulations to Kyaw on winning this truly deserved Award and to your fellow finalists, 15 year old Eloy Mason and 25 year old Siwa Boonmanee, for the significant role you each play in our making our community a much more caring place.”
Carers NT is a not-for-profit community based organisation and registered charity which provides a range of services including education, respite, emotional and social support, counselling and other therapies for unpaid carers.
Young carers supported by Carers NT will further promote their cause at this week’s Anglicare Couch Surfing competition on 5 April outside Parliament House.
To find out more about Carers NT visit carersnt.asn.au