What is the St Nicholas Young Carer Program?

St Nick’s has been providing young carers aged 9 to 17 years with respite and recreation since 1998. Young carers are offered weekend activity days, and camps which are run for five days, twice a year during school holidays. 

Weekend activity days provide recreational activities throughout the year that they may not otherwise access due to their caring role, social isolation, or financial restraints on their family. 

The program aims to provide children having a tough time with a break from their home situation and a chance to have fun in their holidays and on the weekend. The program also allows young carers the opportunity to engage with others in similar roles to share their experiences. 

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

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.cg@vinnies.org.au or call (02) 6234 7321.