Young carers given creative chances
YOUNG people who give up their ir time to care for a family member or friend have been given a treat. During August, the charity Create has been inviting Hillingdon-based ed young carers to join in photography and film-making workshops at the Old Vinyl Factory in Hayes, formerly owned by EMI.
At the beginning of the month, they explored their creativity under the guidance of photographer Tracey Fahy, who has worked with the BBC, the Barbican and English National Ballet. With her help, the carers produced a highly ‘surreal photography series’ reimagining themselves as music stars complete with eclectic costumes.
By collaging their images, the young carers created a collection of fun and playful photographs with ith a vividi id sense of f humour.
Monday to Wednesday next week they will return to the factory to shoot some short films with professional filmmaker, Aoife Twomey. Their work will be displayed at Uxbridge Library from September 12.
Create co-founder and chief executive, Nicky Goulder, said: “Young carers can face a great deal of stress and anxiety, and often have to contend with these feelings alone. inspired:arts offers them the opportunity to take “time out” from their responsibilities in the company of other young carers who can understand their home lives.”
Create has run nearly 6,000 creative arts workshops since its founding in 2003, and claims to have helped transform the lives of more than 30,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable participants.