As summer comes to a close, we are celebrating the successful conclusion of Avenues, a project that provided young adult family carers the chance to explore a variety of contemporary creative practices.
Participants have enjoyed fun, friendly and creative experiences during social events and a summer school held at the University of Suffolk in Ipswich. Each event included workshops run by experienced contemporary artists, covering art forms including fashion, dance, print-making and VJing.
Carers thoroughly enjoyed the project and the opportunity it gave them to achieve a qualification, with three going on to achieve a bronze Arts Award. A huge well done to them all.
Steph, a regular participant throughout the Avenues experience, said: “I had an absolutely brilliant day, the Arts Awards work was fun to do and a great reminder of all my creative skills. And I CAN’T BELIEVE I DANCED AND ENJOYED IT!!”
As with all of our work, our participants have been instrumental in shaping the project. Now that Avenues has come to an end, we’ll be creating a steering committee, formed of our young adult carers, whose role will be to decide how future projects will take shape.
Their priority is to create their own initiative, using skills they have learned from our arts practitioners, to help to raise awareness of young family carers and which will reach out to other young carers in Suffolk who feel isolated. We’re really looking forward to helping them to realise their ambitions.
The Avenues project has been made possible by generous funding from the Lloyds Bank Foundation. The funds have helped Suffolk Artlink build a collaborative partnership with Suffolk Family Carers, devise new work and has enabled us to continue to build our relationship with young adult family carers across the county.