COULD YOU USE A NEEDLE AT 9 YEARS OLD?

While most of us never had to find out if we could use a needle at age nine, this is a reality for many children across the country who act as a primary caregiver for a loved one.

Today we unveiled a striking street art mural in Shoreditch. Our CEO explains why:

“There are an estimated 700,000 young carers in the UK, some as young as four years old. Many are responsible for tasks that adults could find daunting, such as being in charge of family finances and administering lifesaving medication on a daily basis. At Create we wanted to find an impactful way of raising awareness of the impact that these responsibilities have on young carers. We hope this powerful mural will make people stop, question, think and act!

We’re deeply committed to enhancing the wellbeing of young carers. We develop and run carefully tailored creative arts projects in partnership with young carer services, enabling these vulnerable children to foster friendships, build new skills, increase confidence and self-esteem and take vital time away from their caring responsibilities to have fun.”

Diane White, CEO at Kingston Carers’ Network said: We are really pleased to support his campaign. This is the reality that many young carers face on a daily basis. Increasing awareness of young carers, some of whom may spend over 50 hours per week caring for a loved one, can help them access available support and help improve support in areas of need.

Last year we worked with 548 young carers in 19 UK locations. Our individually designed projects, delivered by our exceptional professional artists – offered these young carers a creative and social outlet away from their caring responsibilities.

“It made me feel like I was the one being cared for”.

In November, this work was recognised with the prestigious Children & Young People Now ‘Young Carers’ award, for the initiative that has done the most to support children, young people or young adults up to 25 who care for a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health problem or addiction. This includes support to meet carers’ educational, health, social and emotional needs; helping carers who have previously been unidentified by services; and working with families to reduce inappropriate levels of caring. This is recognised as the “Gold Standard” for this work.

What is a young carer?

A young carer is someone under 18 who helps to look after a member of their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol. Young carers take on an average of 17 hours of caring responsibilities a week. Some care for more than 50. These vulnerable children often experience bullying, isolation and mental ill-health. Many are responsible for tasks that adults could find daunting, such as being in charge of family finances and administering lifesaving medication on a daily basis.

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