The Dream Big Project is a step by step education package for schools and businesses aiming to positively change lives of Young Carers; teachers; other students; carers in the workplace; employers and employees.
Every Australian classroom has 3 Young Carers in it; and only 4% of Young Primary Carers 15-25 engage in education (compared to 23% of all youth this age) with 50% of those continuing education report caring negatively impacts on their attendance, concentration and performance within the classroom.
Within the workforce, 1 in every 8 employees has a caring responsibility. Many carers don’t work, and all face huge barriers to employment. Research has shown that the desire to work, however, is there. Being a carer isn’t always premeditated. 3-4% of Australia’s workforce become a carer each year, and this can be due to a range of reasons. A partner might fall ill, be in a car accident, or have an ageing parent requiring extra support.
The Dream Big Project provides schools and businesses with training, resources and assistance to support Carers and Young Carers; a toolkit to help identify Young Carers in the classroom and Carers in the workforce; and flexible support plans & skills for the whole organisational community. All organisations will be guided to implement these systems & expectations, creating positive social change in attitudes & interaction, in health conditions, reducing stigma; implications of being a Young Carer or Carer; and peer to peer relationships.
This program is the first of its kind in Australia and similar programs have been tested successfully internationally and we know that it’s time to make the change here.
Want to book a consultation for your business or school? Contact info@littledreamersonline.