Young Merton Carers Take Part In Jewellery Workshops

Chance to make special Christmas gifts for their loved ones

Young carers in Merton will take part in jewellery making workshops as part of inspired:arts, a national programme run by arts charity Create.

Delivered by Create’s professional artists, inspired:arts provides young carers with a fun, creative space away from their caring responsibilities where they can form peer-support networks, develop confidence and communications skills and build self-esteem.

The carers from Carers Support Merton will work with Create’s professional jewellery maker Hayley Kruger. During the project, they will design and make pieces of jewellery to give to their loved-ones as special Christmas presents.

The charity says family dynamics can be extremely complex for young carers. The Department for Education’s Lives of Young Carers in England report, published in February 2016, found that whilst many young carers and parents they care for feel their relationship is stronger because of their circumstances, many also acknowledge the tensions and strains caused by difficulties in coping on an emotional or practical level or the lack of opportunity to spend quality time together (or apart). 

Create’s co-founder and Chief Executive Nicky Goulder said: “Family bonds are crucial for young carers, be they with the person they care for or other family members who provide a support network. For young carers, having time to invest in their own wellbeing whilst making a gift for someone important to them is important and special. We are delighted to give them this opportunity.”

The final two workshops take place on December 3 and 10.

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December 2, 2016