Our Who Cares Education Resource launches in Greater Manchester
With The Lowry and Gaddum we've released our Who Cares Education Resource. This a film and education package around being a young carer, and aims to be a tool to identify 'hidden' young carers in order to point them to support.
It is available to all schools and services in Greater Manchester. We will be rolling it out nationally later this year.
To find out more and to sign up to access the resource, follow the links below.
For schools click here.
For services click here.
The Roaring 20s
We are launching our new artist development programme with Harrow Arts Centre.
Are you 18 - 25? Do you live in Harrow? Are you not in education, employment or training? Are you interested in a career in the arts? Then The Roaring 20s is for you!
Who Cares on BBC Radio 4
Our play Who Cares, written by Matt Woodhead with and about young carers in Salford was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on Tuesday 7th February. Listen here.
Alongside the radio play, we launch the Who Cares Campaign Digi Fund, raising money for young carers who don't have access to essential digital devices like laptops, phones, headphones and Wifi.
Young Carers Creative Makers
LUNG are proud to introduce our new pathways project - Young Carer Creative Makers. This new addition to LUNG’s engagement strand has seen us working with four young carers services and four arts venues across the country to develop young carer’s leadership skills and creativity, aiming to empower and encourage them to be the next generation of artists. We continue to meet weekly!
Education Package Report
In December 2020, LUNG put out an open call out to schools across the UK, seeking teachers' opinions on 'what makes a good education package?' 53 teachers from 53 schools across the UK fed back, here are the results:
The LUNG Blog
We are starting a blog! This will be a monthly post further exploring our work and the issues at the heart of it.
This month, Co-Artistic Director Matt Woodhead, discusses the challenges faced by young carers during lockdown and the work the Who Cares Campaign has done to combat this.
Over the past year the Who Cares campaign has focused on support for young carers during COVID-19. During this time young carers have been bravely advocating for their own needs by speaking on national news channels such as BBC and ITV News. The campaign has also worked with doctors and GPs from Salford Primary Care to make education resources and run workshops with young carers on how to safely care for a loved one.
Today we are proud to launch #YCTakeover. As we continue to advocate for the rights of young carers, we will be making noise every day from now until the end of lockdown on our LUNG's social media with the hashtag #YCTakover. If YOU would like to get involved and see what you can do to support our hidden heroes, follow this link!
LUNG's 2020 roundup
Download our 2020 roundup below to find out everything we've been up to in the last year. It wasn't the year any of us were expecting, but we're constantly motivated by the amazing groups that we work with and our fantastic partners.
Download our 2020 roundup here -
The Children's Inquiry
LUNG performed their new musical, The Children's Inquiry, via Zoom. This verbatim show was made over a year and a half with 4 extraordinary young people in Havering and Essex, about their experience of being in care.
Written by Helen Monks & Matt Woodhead with music by Kudu Blue.
More news about the future life of this project coming soon...
Who Cares Campaign during Covid
LUNG's The Who Cares Campaign have been working closely with young carers during the Pandemic to raise awareness. These young carers have appeared on the BBC news, ITV and Channel 5 and in print such as The Big Issue and Discover Society.
Youth Theatre moves to ZOOM
Lung has moved it’s youth group onto Zoom! Every Monday, Lung work with children in care in Havering and Essex to make a verbatim musical about their views, lives and experiences of the UK care system. In association with The Queens Theatre, Hornchurch.
Trojan Horse Performance Postponed
Trojan Horse was due to be performed in the Houses of Parliament, but has had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 situation.