“I NOW FEEL LIKE I HAVE A VOICE.”young carer, uxbridge
Create has worked with young carers since 2007, delivering creative projects that provide high quality arts experiences that allow them time away from their caring responsibilities where they can have fun, build new skills and friendships. inspired:arts enables young carers to develop their creative and social skills, build their confidence, and nurture their wellbeing.
“ONE OF THE MAIN THINGS I LIKE ABOUT CREATE PROJECTS IS THAT OTHER PEOPLE WHO SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCES ARE THERE TOO. YOU SOCIALISE WITH THEM AND THEY KNOW WHAT YOU’RE GOING THROUGH. YOU DON’T HAVE TO EXPLAIN IT TO THEM, WHICH IS GREAT.”PARTICIPANT
OF YOUNG CARERS IMPROVED THEIR OVERALL WELLBEING
OF YOUNG CARERS IMPROVED THEIR SOCIAL INTERACTION SKILLS
“THE young carers RECEIVED POSITIVE ENCOURAGEMENT TO BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES AND THEIR OWN IDEAS AND CREATIVITY.”COMMUNITY PARTNER
There are almost six million carers in the UK, of whom more than 800,000 are children and young people. 27% of young carers aged 11-15 miss school or experience educational difficulties; 68% are bullied and feel isolated at school. Only 44% feel they get enough help with their emotions and feelings. 23% feel their caring role has, at least once, stopped them from making friends.
Community Care reports that young carers’ caring duties last on average 17 hours a week, the impact of which can include underachieving or absenteeism at school, mental or physical ill-health and poverty.
According to a survey by Carers Trust, since the COVID-19 lockdown, 40% of young carers say their mental health has declined; 66% say they are more stressed; and 67% say they are more worried.
Photograph taken at inspired:arts Essex
A photograph taken at an inspired:arts workshop in Merton
Photograph taken by young carer on inspired:arts Ealing and Hounslow
Jewellery created by young carers at inspired:arts Enfield
Photographs taken by young carers at inspired:arts Enfield