The ANYCAT Forum held 19-21 June in Canberra, provided ANYCAT representatives with the skills and confidence to speak about their caring role publicly or with the media on behalf of young carers nationwide.
The many activities challenged and developed the ANYCAT members in their roles as young carer representatives. The program was about:
- raising awareness about what it means to be a young carer and the issues they face
- confidently addressing these issues and experiences during media interviews
- informing Carers Australia about young carer-related issues
Throughout the first day, staff from both Carers Australia and the Department of Social Services briefed the ANYCAT members on a range of policy issues that affect young carers, as well as highlighting opportunities to further influence government decision-making. Media training was also provided to strengthen communication and advocacy skills.
Day two included a visit to Parliament House to have discussions with the Hon Christian Porter MP, Minister for Social Services, on topics such as the Young Carer Bursary Program.
The final day of the forum included filming short ads promoting the upcoming 7th International Carers Conference, the ANYCAT program and Carers Week 2017. This footage will be shared on social media channels in the coming weeks.
After a busy few days, the ANYCAT members left inspired to advocate on behalf of their young carer peers.
Carers Australia would like to thank the ANYCAT members for their commitment and dedication, and also to thank the state and territory young carer workers who supported them.