Young Carer News, February 2010 has lots of very useful information about activities, and camps planned to support young people contributing to the care of a family member with a chronic illness, mental health concern, or a disability.
Two camps for young carers are currently open for applications:
Gamarada Retreat for 18-25 year olds
June 28 - July 1, 2010
Applications need to be in by Friday March 12
It is described as a wellbeing retreat for adult young carers aged 18-25 years .....a great oppotunity to relax and take part in some fun activities with other young adult carers, (and) to share your stories and learn how others balance caring with work, study and life in general
Any young carer aged 18-25 from anywhere in NSW is eligible to apply.
Camp One Mile Beach
Open to all young carers aged 8-12 years old who live in the Hunter or New England regions.
Friday May 7 - Sunday May 9, 2010
One Mile Beach Holiday Park, Anna Bay
Cost: Free - includes accomodation, all meals and activities.
To Apply: contact Kathy Jones at EDuCARE on 02 4921 4895
Click here for details of these events from the Young Carers website
Many siblings of people with Down syndrome fit the criteria for accessing support through Young Carers: www.youngcarersnsw.asn.au