Young carers urged to nominate for award

Media Statement from Robyn McSweeney
 
•Nominations open for Young People Who Care Awards
•$150,000 one-off funding to Carers WA to raise awareness of WA carers

Youth Minister Robyn McSweeney is urging West Australians to nominate a young carer for this year’s Young People Who Care Awards.
 
The annual awards recognise young carers aged between 10 and 18 years of age who provide voluntary care to family members or others in their community.
“Being a young carer can be a difficult and challenging job,” Mrs McSweeney said.
 
“There are about 40,000 young carers in WA providing care and support to others and these awards help recognise the monumental efforts of these young people.”
 
Recently the Minister presented one-off funding of $150,000 to Carers WA to help raise awareness and recognition of carers’ issues. The funding was in addition to the $700,000 a year committed by the State Government to Carers WA until 2015.
 
“Carers come from all parts of our society,” Mrs McSweeney said.
 
“This funding will enable Carers WA to provide extra support on top of their existing face-to-face counselling and support; and information and counselling line.”
 
      Fact File
•Awards run by Carers WA; nominations close Friday September 28
•Nominate at http://www.youngpeoplewhocare.com.au or call 1300 227 377
•Almost 310,000 West Australians are carers
•WA first State and only the second Government in the world to legislate to recognise carers through the Carers Recognition Act 2004
•Carers Week runs from October 14 to October 20, 2012
•Last month, the WA Carers Conference was held in Perth

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