Between 28 July and 28 August, Arts charityÂ CreateÂ are providingÂ young carersÂ living inÂ SouthwarkÂ with access to free film-making, photography, sculpture and dance workshops led by the charityâ€™s professional artists.
ThisÂ month long projectÂ will culminate Friday onÂ 28 AugustÂ when the young people will showcase their new choreographed dance routine alongside a photography exhibition on the theme of identity at Surrey Quays shopping centre.
Young carers are children and young people who spend considerable time looking after a family member with a disability or ill-health. The young carers that Create is working with are fromÂ KIDS Sibling Project, agedÂ 6-14 years old.
British LandÂ is funding the project and, as the owner ofÂ Surrey Quays Shopping Centre, is also supporting Create by lending the charity space within the centre to shoot films, host an exhibition and perform. The young carers will be working with Create film-maker Aoife Twomey, photographer Adele Watts, sculptor Maru Rojas and dancer Nikki Watson.
OverÂ two-thirdsÂ of young carers areÂ bullied at school, andÂ 82%Â say that caring has had aÂ negative impact on their health.
Southwark has theÂ second highestÂ number of young carers in London withÂ 2,373Â children and young people providing unpaid care for unwell family members.
Create works with local carer services to enable young carers to take time off from their caring responsibilities, develop friendships with other young people in similar circumstances, and find hope and positivity through the creative arts.
For more information about what Create do you can visit their websiteÂ here.
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