YOUNG CARER CREATIVE MAKERS
In partnership with Action Transport Theatre, Kent Young Carers, Folkestone Quarterhouse Theatre, Crossroads Together, The Lowry, Gaddum YC Service, WCD Young Carers and Theatr Clwyd.
LUNG are proud to introduce our brand new pathways project - Young Carer Creative Makers. This new addition to LUNG’s engagement strand will see us working with four young carers services and four arts venues across the country to develop young carer’s leadership skills and creativity, aiming to empower and encourage them to be the next generation of artists. Underpinning this project is the philosophy that young carers must take centre stage as artists and changemakers. Now is an opportune moment to recalibrate who theatres are for. The voice of young carers is a vital one in moving this conversation forwards.’
In partnership with Action Transport Theatre, Kent Young Carers, Folkestone Quarterhouse Theatre, Crossroads Together, The Lowry, Gaddum YC Service WCD Young Carers and Theatr Clwyd, LUNG will deliver workshops to young carers from each area over zoom for 6 months. The project will set out to train up five young carer ambassadors from each location and coach them in creation and facilitations, they will then go on to lead their own creative projects with ten other young carers in their area. Making art together that raises awareness for the rights of young carers in the UK and amplifies their voices through art and leadership. The young people will receive an Arts Award and the pieces of art made, as a result of the project, which will be shared and celebrated at Carers Trust National ‘Young Carers Action Day’ in March.
LUNG’s Engagement Manager & Associate Director, Gitika Buttoo says “I am so excited to be working with the next generation of future artists and leaders. This project is all about amplifying the voices of the unheard and for me, that is what art is all about. It’s a super ambitious project and I think there is real value behind creating spaces and opportunity for self-expression, where young like-minded individuals from across the UK can come together and feel empowered.”
Katie Deyes from Crossroads Together says ”‘Here at Crossroads Together we are really excited to work with LUNG and allow our Young Carers the opportunity to develop their skills, confidence and become ambassadors. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to also work with other organisations and meet other young people in similar situations to their own.”
Joe Taylor from Kent Young Carers says “We are very excited to be working with the fantastic LUNG once again. We feel that this is a brilliant opportunity for some of our amazing young carers to develop their skill set and give a voice to those young carers who so often go unheard.”
LUNG’s Co-Artistic Director Helen Monks says - “A young carer is a young person who undertakes unpaid care for a family member due to a disability, illness, mental health condition or addiction. 1 in 12 young people are young carers and the support they receive, both emotionally and financially, is dwindling therefore it is now more important than ever to be providing access to opportunities in which their voices can be heard and they feel valued. We hope this project is a catalyst for similar projects between theatres and young carers services across the UK.”
Louise Harney, Engagement Manager from the Lowry says “The Lowry are delighted to continue working in partnership with LUNG and Gaddum and to be creating opportunities for young carers in Salford, raising awareness for young carers nationally through this exciting creative leadership project.”
Action Transport Theatre says - “When LUNG bought 'Who Cares' to us in Ellesmere Port last year, it made a huge impact on our wider community and amplified the hidden voices and experiences of young carers. At Action Transport Theatre, we are thrilled to be able to support this legacy project as we believe in giving young people agency, so much of which has been taken away from them recently. Projects like this and companies like LUNG make this happen and to be part of a wider network of organisations across the UK who believe in the power of this work is a joy'.”
WCD says - “Thank you LUNG for inviting our young carers to join you and the other agencies on this fantastic opportunity to work collaboratively. This project perfectly aligns with our Charities’ aims and objectives to give our young carers a voice and influence in the community. Through the medium of art they can lead the way with engaging the wider community in hearing their voices. We are thrilled to be part of it.”
Gwennan Mair says - “We at Theatr Clwyd are so excited to be involved in this fabulous project. We strive every year to engage and sustain our work with the community. One must do this by listening, telling hidden stories and challenging privilege perceptions. We work alongside young people because they are the present and the future of the arts and this project lets us be part of a brilliant team to expand this work.”
Posted: 2 February 2021