What is the St Nicholas Young Carer Program?
The St Nick’s program has been providing Young Carers with respite and recreation since 1998. Weekend activity days provide Young Carers with recreational activities throughout the year that they may not otherwise access due to their caring role, social isolation or financial restraints on their family. Camps are run twice a year for five days at a time during the school holidays. Activities on camp include swimming, outdoor adventure activities, art, games, sport, a disco and Carers Time. Carers Time focuses on building the self-esteem and resilience of the young people, while giving them an opportunity to share their situation and learn from the experience of other Young Carers.

What is the cost of this service?
St Nick’s is a free of charge program.

Who can access this service?
Young Carers aged 9-17 years in the Canberra region. A Young Carer is a young person who cares for a family member with a chronic illness, disability, is frail aged or has a drug or alcohol dependency.

Where is the service located?
The camps and activities take place around Canberra and the surrounding region. Weekend activities include ice skating, rock-climbing and bowling. Camps are held at retreat and recreation centres in dorm style accommodation.

What are the benefits of accessing this service?
St Nick’s offers Young Carers the opportunity to take a break from their caring role, learn new skills, make friends and have fun.

Can I volunteer for this service?
Yes, we are always looking for more volunteers. This program is staffed, planned and facilitated by volunteers aged 20 years and older. Volunteers must have a current Working with Vulnerable Person’s Check and undergo reference checks and regular training.

How can I find out more about St Nick's?
For more information please contact the Youth Team on youth@svdp-cg.org.au or call (02) 6234 7321.