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Help is at hand with bursary for young carers

YOUNG carers in Queensland are being encouraged to apply for a Young Carer Bursary to help them with their education and training costs.

The Young Carer Bursary Program provides young carers across Australia with the opportunity to apply for financial support so they can remain in, or return to, education or training while continuing their caring role.

Young carers between the ages of 12 and 25 are eligible, and are able to apply for a bursary until September 14.

There are more than 30,000 young carers in Queensland, caring for a sibling or parent who has a disability, mental health issue, illness, or who are frail aged.

More than 300 bursaries at $3000 each will be awarded nationally thanks to support from the Australian Government. Last year the scheme received more than 900 applications nation-wide.

"Feedback from successful bursary recipients is heartwarming and an indication that even the smallest funding support can make a huge difference in the life of a young carer,” said Jim Toohey, president of Carers Queensland.

As a past example, before the bursary, James was doing night shifts in a factory and then going straight to school.

He was failing at school - not handing in assignments, falling asleep in class and was called the "20%” boy, averaging a D minus.

He had given up his sport and also fought with his brother a lot because of tiredness.

The bursary allowed James to give up his night shift, Mr Toohey said.

He is back playing sport and his coach is amazed at the difference.

He is handing in his assignments before they are due and has gone from D minus to C+/ B grades.

Further information and the online application can be accessed via http://bursaries.youngcarers.net.au.



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