Big Dreamers

6 month personal development program

Helping 16 – 18 year old Young Carers figure out who they are and where they want to go in life

Being a young person between the ages of 16 and 18 is tough. People keep asking you who you are and who you want to be when you grow up. Add a caring responsibility into that mix and it’s even harder. How do you understanding who you are when you have someone else to look after.

Built from personal experience and qualitative research, the Little Dreamers Big Dreamers program runs for 6 months with 10-15 inspiring Young Carers aged 16-18 years old. The aim of the program is to empower young people to inspirational leaders in their community, developing resilience and the ability to identify their own values and what they stand for, while learning to balance the impossible.

Sounding interesting? The program is made up of two x two night retreats, monthly workshops, mentoring and fun events. Check out some more information about the different parts of the program below.

At the conclusion of the 6 month program, all participants will be eligible to apply for a Big Dreamers Scholarship to assist with education expenses (school fees, educational resources and/or extracurricular activities).

Retreat 1

The first retreat will focus on getting to know each other and building a team covering topics including health living, understanding strengths, weaknesses and goal setting. There will also be challenge based activities that require working as a team, creative thinking, problem solving while expressing opinions and making decisions. The first retreat will also focus on setting baselines. What do you think the future holds, what do you want to be when you grow up, do you think you will go on to get there? This information helps us to help you, monitoring how far you have come and seeing which mentors we can match you with throughout the program.


Throughout the 6 month program there will be monthly workshops covering topics including mentoring, how to change the world, study skills, being your own boss and more. In the program you will be trained to be world class storytellers, public speakers and community ambassadors. These workshops will also empower you to be the best versions of yourselves and achieve your dreams in-spite of your caring role at home.

Retreat 2

This retreat focuses on specific skill based interests including coding, creating writing, business skills and more. Special people will make appearances throughout this workshop to work with you to help you get to wherever it is that you want to be. Focussing on next steps, this retreat will ensure that you are set up for the future, with the support of Little Dreamers and your fellow Young Carers.

Applications will open end of Jan 2018

Watch this space and the Little Dreamers social media accounts for more information coming soon!