The Day Dream Program is a new school holiday program developed for young carers - young people who are put into the position of caring for their brother or sister with a serious illness or disability. These incredible young people spend many hours and/or days accompanying their sibling who is sick in hospital or attending doctors appointments often over the school holidays.
This exciting initiative will be run by Little Dreamers who currently support young carers through Dream experiences and an online Dream Coaching Platform. The Day Dream Program will put focus on the 'well child' in the hospital and remove the added stress on the parents and other family members during the school holidays. The program will cater for children aged 5-12 years.
This program will be piloted in the key children's hospitals in Melbourne, and Ronald McDonald Houses in 2016 (they have already expressed interest for the June/July holidays). This year programs will be run over 3 half days each week of the July and October school holidays (with the aim to continue and extend into other locations and states in 2017). Workshops will include mindfulness, arts and crafts, exercise, dance, drama and music; run by volunteers with help from high profile facilitators including sports players, musicians, entertainers and actors. All workshops will be run in the on the ward and/or in the Ronald McDonald Houses. There will be up to 30 places in the program each day, with snacks included.
Funded by Melbourne (April 2016)