Award-winning charity Create concluded its annual programme for young carers in Newham with a day of hat designing and printmaking last month. The carers, all aged between eight and fifteen, designed and made their hats with the help of Create's professional artist Larry Achiampong, whose work has been exhibited in Tate Modern. Previously, they took part in song-writing and drama workshops, where they came together to explore their creativity and develop their confidence, social skills and self-esteem.
27 per cent of young carers of secondary school age miss school regularly and 68 per cent suffer bullying and isolation due to their caring roles. Create's workshops for young carers emphasise teamwork, creative self-expression and fun to provide them with the opportunity to form friendships and to give and receive support from other young people with similar home lives.
A young carer who took part said, “I tend to be a little bit shy but through the workshops I've developed confidence, which has helped me express my opinions and make new friends.”
Nicky Goulder, Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Create commented, “It has been a tremendous privilege to see friendships blossom and ideas come together throughout the project and I take my hat off to their millinery creations! They should all feel very proud of what they've achieved.”
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Posted: 22 June 2015
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