Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Hon Robyn McSweeney BA JP MLC

Former Minister for Child Protection; Community Services; Seniors and Volunteering; Women's Interests; Youth

    WA's young carers inspirational

    5/12/2012 12:00 AM
     
    • Minister congratulates winners of Young People Who Care Awards
    • State Govt provides $930,000 to Carers WA to support WA carers 
    Community Services Minister Robyn McSweeney has awarded some of Western Australia’s most inspirational youth, for their role in caring for family and community members.
     
    At the Young People Who Care Awards, Mrs McSweeney paid tribute to the role the award nominees played in modern society.
     
    “The stories from this year’s nominees were incredibly inspiring, as they have been in previous years,” she said.
     
    “Through these awards, the State Government acknowledges exceptional young people and their stories as carers.  Some are as young as 10 years old and devote their time to caring for others, either through necessity or by volunteering.”
     
    The award recipients were:
    • Young Carer Award 2012 - Matyas Paskandy
    • Highly Commended - Axel Harper
    • Caring in the Community Award - Amber Clarke. 
    Two group finalists, the No Name Gang and the Western Lions Assistants, were also recognised for their work.
     
    “These young people, and all the finalists in the awards, are the real heroes of WA,” the Minister said.
     
    “I want to thank them for their compassion, commitment and dedication to caring for others.”
     
    It is estimated there are at least 40,000 young carers in WA supporting a person or family member with a disability, an ongoing illness or someone who is frail.
     
    Mrs McSweeney said the Government was working hard to ensure WA’s young carers, and carers generally, were supported.
     
    “We understand that more respite or time-out options are important for our carers and, through the Disability Services Commission, the Government is building five more respite centres - two already completed in Broome and Clarkson and three more scheduled for Gosnells, Rockingham and York,” she said.
     
          Fact File
    • In 2012, Carers WA received $930,000 from the State Govt
    • More information from State Govt’s Carers Focus 2012-2013 
    Minister's office - 6552 6500