Adult carers in Newham are taking part in a seven-week photography project called creative:release, developed to give them time-out from their caring responsibilities and the chance to learn a new creative skill!
Once a week, during the process of learning both how to use a digital camera and how to take a fantastic photo, a group of twelve carers are getting to know each other and building self-confidence. Last week, participants explored the world of ‘street art’ – spontaneous photos that capture a moment. During other sessions, they will learn how to shoot outdoors in nature, visit galleries and use their pictures to create a collage. Thanks to funding and volunteer support from global law firm Reed Smith LLP, we have designed creative:release to use different creative activities – we recently finished a series of jewellery making workshops – to enhance teamwork, develop social skills and bring carers together, helping to reduce isolation. There are almost six million carers in the UK, and more than 80% say that their caring role has damaged their health and have no-one to rely on if they wanted to take a break. At the end of the project, there will be a final sharing of participants work at the headquarters of Reed Smith, where they will be presented with a framed photograph of their choice. Keep your eyes open for uploaded photos!