Carers Victoria recently celebrated the achievements of 144 extraordinary young carers with the inaugural Carers Victoria Young Carer Scholarship Award Ceremony.
Over 60 people including 19 young carers and their families attended the celebration. The Young Carer Scholarship Program awarded a total of $80,500, of which we contributed $10,000 through our customer grants.
Young carers use their scholarships in a variety of ways which have positive impacts on their lives socially, emotionally or scholastically. Many of these community-based activities provide respite, peer networking and support opportunities and can be crucial in sustaining the mental health of young carers.
The Young Carer Scholarship Program is crucial in supporting, recognising and raising awareness of these remarkable young people. These young carers usually look after their parent or sibling with a disability, mental illness, chronic condition or terminal illness.
In the words of Young Carer Scholarship recipient Ava, "I was overwhelmed with happiness to receive a Young Carers Scholarship and wish to thank Carers Victoria for this wonderful, generous award.
"It meant the world to me and also has taken a lot of stress away from my mum to come up with money for my school program. It will be an honour to attend the awards ceremony. My mum, brother and I are excited to come and meet other young carers."
Demand for the program continues to grow and young carer recipients are empowered to dream big and achieve their goals.
The Young Carer Scholarship Program would not be possible without the generous support of philanthropic and community donors. In addition to the Bank Australia Impact Fund customer grant, the Young Carer scholarship program was supported by The Barr Family Foundation, Collier Charitable fund, Sue Fincham, Stephan Alomes and generous Carers Victoria members and donors.
Bank Australia representatives Maryanne Lagana and Tarryn Beardmore assisted in awarding certificates to the recipients at the inaugural ceremony.