Concert and photography exhibition by young carers

Young carers singing at Whiteley Shopping Centre
Young carers singing at Whiteley Shopping Centre
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YOUNG carers held a musical performance featuring songs they had written themselves alongside an exhibition of photography.

The carers, aged from 12 to 14, were at Whiteley Shopping Centre where they sang music which they had worked on throughout April in collaboration with arts charity Create.

Create aimed to give the participants, all from Winchester, the opportunity to try free photography and music workshops to build their self-esteem, develop their skills, and take time off.

Their musical compositions were inspired by photography, which the carers produced and was on display at the shopping centre.

The charity says that the need for carers in the county is increasing.

The most recent Census data shows that the number of young carers rose in Hampshire by almost a fifth (24.5 per cent) from 2001 to 2011. There are 4,109 young carers in the area.

Create says that the group is at high risk of social isolation due to taking on responsibilities beyond their years such as cooking, cleaning, and sorting medication and that they are often marginalised.

It says as many as two-thirds are bullied at school

More information on Create and their programmes can be found by visiting their website at createarts.org.uk.