Meet Isabel, a young carer
In April 2022, young carers from Sefton in Merseyside took part in three days of circus workshops with Create artist Mimosa Percy.
The project enabled them to take a break from their caring responsibilities, have fun, learn new skills, build relationships and express themselves. It was delivered in partnership with Sefton Carers as part of our inspired:arts programme.
We spoke to young carer Isabel (10) about her time on the project.
“Being creative with other people, you try new things. If no one else was here with me I’m sure I’d stick with one item.”Isabel, A Young Carer
“I care for my mum. She’s blind. When she’s crossing the road, she can’t see the cars coming, so I have to help her across. It’s really hard because if we get hurt it’s kind of my fault. I’ve always cared for my mum. When she has to have tablets, I have to cut them for her, and help her with the cooking.
“Sometimes in science when we’re talking about hearing and eyesight I do get a little bit upset, but I’m kind of used to it. In school a lot of people joke about ‘he’s blind, she’s blind’, and I’m like: ‘Don’t joke about it because imagine if it was actually real.’”
Going to the circus
“I took part in a circus project where [Create] brought in equipment to do tricks with, and acrobatics. I used the spinning plates, diablo, hoops, juggling balls, skipping ropes and stilts. My favourite was the plate spinning.
“With a friend I made this routine with spinning plates and juggling balls. We’ve added a story into it. There are two friends and the moral is that if you’re kind to other people, people will want to help you and you’ll get better at things. But if you’re mean, people won’t really want to help you.
“Before I did the circus workshops I was a bit scared I would do something wrong. But now I know it doesn’t matter if I get it wrong because other people may not be able to do it as well.
“It was really fun working with the others. I’m really happy that I came here because normally I just sit on technology. Now I’ve come here, if somebody says: ‘Do you want to do something?’ I’d probably say ‘yes’.
“Until you try something you don’t know whether you like it or not. I’ve learnt that some things I’m not good at, and other things I am, so I’m going to keep on learning to get better at them. Being creative with other people, you try new things. If no one else was here with me I’m sure I’d stick with one item.
“Projects like this help young carers mix with other people. If they’re looking after their parents or brothers or sisters all the time they might not have enough time to talk to other people unless it’s school.”
This project was funded by The Forrester Family Trust and The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund