YOUNG CARER CREATIVE MAKERS
In partnership with Action Transport Theatre, Kent Young Carers, Folkestone Quarterhouse Theatre, Crossroads Together, The Lowry, Gaddum YC Service, WCD Young Carers and Theatr Clwyd.
LUNG are proud to introduce our brand new pathways project - Young Carer Creative Makers. This new addition to LUNG’s engagement strand will see 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. Underpinning this project is the philosophy that young carers must take centre stage as artists and changemakers. Now is an opportune moment to recalibrate who theatres are for. The voice of young carers is a vital one in moving this conversation forwards.’
In partnership with Action Transport Theatre, Kent Young Carers, Folkestone Quarterhouse Theatre, Crossroads Together, The Lowry, Gaddum YC Service, WCD Young Carers and Theatr Clwyd, LUNG will deliver workshops to young carers from each area over zoom for 6 months. The project will set out to train up five young carer ambassadors from each location and coach them in creation and facilitations, they will then go on to lead their own creative projects with ten other young carers in their area. Making art together that raises awareness for the rights of young carers in the UK and amplifies their voices through art and leadership. The young people will receive an Arts Award and the pieces of art made, as a result of the project, which will be shared and celebrated at Carers Trust National ‘Young Carers Action Day’ in March.
LUNG’s Engagement Manager & Associate Director, Gitika Buttoo says “I am so excited to be working with the next generation of future artists and leaders. This project is all about amplifying the voices of the unheard and for me, that is what art is all about. It’s a super ambitious project and I think there is real value behind creating spaces and opportunity for self-expression, where young like-minded individuals from across the UK can come together and feel empowered.”
Katie Deyes from Crossroads Together says ”‘Here at Crossroads Together we are really excited to work with LUNG and allow our Young Carers the opportunity to develop their skills, confidence and become ambassadors. It’s a wonderful opportunity for them to also work with other organisations and meet other young people in similar situations to their own.”
Joe Taylor from Kent Young Carers says “We are very excited to be working with the fantastic LUNG once again. We feel that this is a brilliant opportunity for some of our amazing young carers to develop their skill set and give a voice to those young carers who so often go unheard.”
LUNG’s Co-Artistic Director Helen Monks says - “A young carer is a young person who undertakes unpaid care for a family member due to a disability, illness, mental health condition or addiction. 1 in 12 young people are young carers and the support they receive, both emotionally and financially, is dwindling therefore it is now more important than ever to be providing access to opportunities in which their voices can be heard and they feel valued. We hope this project is a catalyst for similar projects between theatres and young carers services across the UK.”
Louise Harney, Engagement Manager from the Lowry says “The Lowry are delighted to continue working in partnership with LUNG and Gaddum and to be creating opportunities for young carers in Salford, raising awareness for young carers nationally through this exciting creative leadership project.”
Action Transport Theatre says - “When LUNG bought 'Who Cares' to us in Ellesmere Port last year, it made a huge impact on our wider community and amplified the hidden voices and experiences of young carers. At Action Transport Theatre, we are thrilled to be able to support this legacy project as we believe in giving young people agency, so much of which has been taken away from them recently. Projects like this and companies like LUNG make this happen and to be part of a wider network of organisations across the UK who believe in the power of this work is a joy'.”
WCD says - “Thank you LUNG for inviting our young carers to join you and the other agencies on this fantastic opportunity to work collaboratively. This project perfectly aligns with our Charities’ aims and objectives to give our young carers a voice and influence in the community. Through the medium of art they can lead the way with engaging the wider community in hearing their voices. We are thrilled to be part of it.”
Gwennan Mair says - “We at Theatr Clwyd are so excited to be involved in this fabulous project. We strive every year to engage and sustain our work with the community. One must do this by listening, telling hidden stories and challenging privilege perceptions. We work alongside young people because they are the present and the future of the arts and this project lets us be part of a brilliant team to expand this work.”
Notes to editors
Founded in Barnsley in 2012, LUNG is a campaign led verbatim theatre company that tours work nationally. We work closely with different communities to make verbatim theatre and hidden voices heard. LUNG creates work that shines a light on political, social and economic issues in modern Britain, using people’s actual words to tell their stories. LUNG’s work is published by Bloomsbury. We have strong partnerships with Leeds Playhouse, The Lowry Battersea Arts Centre and have developed work at the National Theatre Studio. Work includes: Who Cares, Trojan Horse, E15, Chilcot and The 56.
About Action Transport Theatre
At Action Transport Theatre we don’t believe children are the future. We know they are the now, the present. Their individual ideas and imaginations are relevant today and inspire and inform everything we do. We work with children and young people as creative collaborators, to make professional and aspirational theatre which we share locally, regionally, nationally and internationally from our home in Ellesmere Port. We have established a unique process of making new theatre by putting young people at the heart of all our work.
About Kent Young Carers
Kent Young Carers is a services of the charity Imago and supports young people aged 5-18 across Kent who are caring for a relative who has a long-term health condition, disability, mental health or substance misuse issue. The support is tailored to their needs following an assessment of what type of care they are doing and how it makes them feel. Support provided by the trained KYC staff can include information and signposting, newsletters, travel passes, workshops, respite and 1:1 support.
About Folkestone Quarterhouse
Quarterhouse is a performing arts venue at Folkestone’s cultural heart. We present a regular programme of theatre, dance, music, film, comedy and family shows, as well as live screenings from National Theatre and Royal Opera House. Working with the people of Folkestone and beyond, we run festivals and workshops, host community events, help artists develop new work and make local initiatives happen
About Crossroads Together
The Young Carers service at Crossroads Together provides Young Carers with an opportunity to talk to one of our support workers on a 1:1 basis about their life experiences and home life, whilst giving our team a chance to identify if further support may be needed. We also provide a respite service with out-of-school groups, activities and trips out, allowing Young Carers to meet other young people in similar situations to themselves, develop friendships and have fun experiences.’
About The Lowry
The Lowry is a large scale Arts Centre in Salford, housing three theatres and Galleries, home to the LS Lowry collection. The Lowry is also a registered charity, who’s award winning work with children, young people & communities focussed on Arts for Social Change, supporting vulnerable children & young people across the city .
The Lowry has worked in partnership with Gaddum’s Salford Young Carers Service for 10 years to use creativity as a way to amplify the voices of young carers and to raise awareness of the challenges they face.
Gaddum is one of Manchester’s oldest charities. Set up in 1833, its vision is to support Greater Manchester’s most vulnerable adults, children and families. At Gaddum, everyone is treated as an individual; understanding their world to offer a range of support that’s right for them. Our promise of tailored support is made possible by our breadth and depth of knowledge, through our unwavering commitment to the local people of Greater Manchester.Gaddum works across Greater Manchester and delivers services in Manchester, Rochdale, Salford and Stockport for:
As a provider for making lives better, our work includes counselling, advocacy, advice, family and individual support along with training and development programmes for individuals, families, agencies, local and health authorities, professionals and companies.
About WCD Young Carers
WCD young carers is part of a larger, Charity called CREDU. We work across 3 counties; Wrexham, Conwy and Denbighshire with young carers aged between 8-18. A young carer is a child who is either affected by, or who has, caring responsibilities at home. After assessing what matters to the young carer we can offer a range of options or look at supporting that person in a way which would best meet their needs. Through collaborative work with other agencies we may signpost on to their services and work together on specific projects, trips, events. We also have the capacity to support our young carers in groups, invite them on trips, provide drop in’s at their school and provide 1:1 support. Our WCD team has adapted our offer of support to address the changing climate of COVID. As we are person centred in our approach we have specific group zooms on offer that the young carers have chosen, from gaming ’Among us’, Lunch time drops in, games and Bingo, Family nights, Wellbeing and Art groups. More recently we have held longer virtual camps in the summer and Autumn, where a programme of events was held covering a 24 hour period (except for night time) this was open to all of CREDU’s young carers. At the heart of everything we do in WCD is giving carers a voice and opportunity to influence. We have reinstated the young carer forums in WCD where young carers are given the opportunity to come together and discuss, listen, decide and influence the WCD and wider CREDU charity from grassroots up to trustee.
About Theatr Clwyd
We have three broad areas to our work; making culture accessible to everyone, using the arts to support health and wellbeing and creating world class theatre and supporting the theatre makers of the future. While we are no longer able to make work on our stages our work in the community has continued and expanded. Theatr Clwyd work alongside Social Services in Flintshire to give opportunities to vulnerable young people to be able to access equal opportunities within the arts. At our peak over the lockdown we worked with over 1,000 people every week, from ages 5 to 84 years old ensuring people had a regular outlet to socialise, explore their feelings, hone their crafts and have fun.