Frequently Asked Questions

We think we can answer your questions before you need to ask them. Don’t believe us? Check out some of the things we think you might be asking below. If we still haven’t answered your question please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

About Little Dreamers

Who runs Little Dreamers?

Founded in 2009, Little Dreamers is primarily run by Young Carers for Young Carers! Based in Melbourne, Australia, Little Dreamers currently employs one full time staff member, has a few contractors and a tribe of volunteers to help provide the best supports for Young Carers and Special Siblings as we can.

How does Little Dreamers generate its funding?

Little Dreamers is currently funded by a number of philanthropic donations, corporates and through own revenue generating ventures including bi-annual fundraising events. We also partner with lots of other community organisations to ensure that every Young Carer receives the best service possible.

Does Little Dreamers provide counselling services?

We provide lots of services but counselling is not one of them. If you are looking for counselling services for Young Carers please contact Carers Australia. Click here for more information.

How do I get in contact with you?

To get in contact with the team at Little Dreamers please use our contact page.

Are you a tax deductible organisation?

Yes! We received DGR1 status in 2014 and all donations to Little Dreamers over $2AUD are tax deductible. To find out more information click here.

If Little Dreamers had a massive dream what would it be?

Great question! Obviously our dream is that every single Young Carer and Special Sibling has some for of support around the world. Other than that we would love to be able to sit around watching Dawson’s Creek and One Tree Hill all day if we had the chance…but we’re too busy changing lives!!

Do you support people in my area?

While majority of our programs run throughout VIC and NSW we do have at least one program running in every state and territory across Australia.

Why do you support the “well children” in a family?

Funnily enough, this is a question we receive quite often. While we know exactly how much support a person with a serious illness or injury may need we also know how much support their carer requires, especially if the person caring is under the age of 25. These kids have to grow up a lot quicker than others their age, resulting in them taking on roles that are way beyond their years. Young Carers have a higher rate of mental illness, social isolation, financial and education disadvantage and unemployment than those of the same age without a caring role. Young Carers are also incredibly responsible, often with a sense of purpose and drive for their family These kids are also often more responsible and independent than others their age.

We are passionate about supporting this vulnerable and amazing group of kids because there are 490,000 of them, no one else is doing it, and we all grew up as Young Carers ourselves and know how much it sucks to not have support sometimes.

Can you organise respite for my family?

Unfortunately we don’t organise respite directly however the Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centre does! They can be contacted by this link.

I would love to find out more information about Young Carers. Where can I find this?

We have a regular growing database of information that can be found on our website. This database is updated once a week with more data and reports from around the world all about Young Carers. Can’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Don’t fret! Send us a message and we’ll see what we can find for you.

 

Getting involved: Fundraising, volunteering and more!

I heard Little Dreamers sells educational products including books, key rings and magnets. How do I purchase these?

You heard correctly! Little Dreamers has partnered with Happy Kids to sell information key rings and magnets for people with Epilepsy and Diabetes. We also sell children’s activity books on a range of health topics and a story book all about what it is like to have a sick brother or sister. You can purchase any of these products through our online shop here.

Can I fundraise for Little Dreamers?

You definitely can. In fact, it is encouraged to fundraise for Little Dreamers. Find out the different ways you can raise money for us by clicking here.

Can someone from Little Dreamers come and talk at my school, university or workplace?

We sure can. We have a number of Young Carers who can come and talk to your group about what it is like to be a Young Carer and to discuss all about Little Dreamers. If you’re lucky, you can even hire our Founder and CEO extraordinaire, Madeleine, to come for a chat. Send us a message and note that you would like a speaker and we will get back to you shortly.

Does Little Dreamers have an intern program?

All of our internship opportunities are based in our Melbourne office and range from three to 12 months long. Upcoming internship opportunities will be advertised here. We also offer work experience for students from year 10 up. Please use this form to apply for work experience.

I am conducting research and would like to contact Young Carers through Little Dreamers for this. How do I go about organising this?

Occasionally Little Dreamers will send out research looking for participants to our Dream Kids however we have minimal capacity to do this. If you would like to contact us about your research please do! In your message please include how you are managing and fulfilling your duty of care obligations and any details of ethics approval that has been granted to the research.

 

Purchasing products from the website

How much is delivery on the products?

The delivery cost depends on what you have ordered. This will be added to the cost of your purchase once you click into your basket and add in your shipping details.

Can you offer a specific day for when deliveries will be received?

Unfortunately we cannot guarantee this information. We endeavour to have your order to you within 1-2 weeks depending on your location however we will let you know if it is expected to be longer.

Can you provide tracking numbers for product orders?

The majority of orders will not be trackable once they have left our offices however high values orders will be dispatched through trackable mail and these numbers will be sent to you when appropriate.

Can I cancel and return my order?

Sure, you can cancel your order within 24 hours online following purchase by contacting us here. If you are unsatisfied with your order you can return it to us within 14 days of receipt. You will be responsible for the cost of returning the item to us and we expect that the item is returned in the same condition as it left us.

What payment types do you accept?

We process all of our payments through Paypal and accept all of the major cards including Visa, MasterCard, AMEX.