Thursday 19th April 2012
More than 100 young carers and up to 30 young offenders will benefit after arts charity Create secured a £62,000 grant from The Queen's Silver Jubilee Trust (TQSJT).
The funding will enable the London-based charity to develop its creative arts programme for young carers and its Inside Stories project, a creative writing and illustration scheme for young offenders.
Thanks to the grant, Create will join forces with four carer services to create an arts programme that will allow the young people to take a break from their caring responsibilities. It also aims to help young carers build confidence and trust in their peers, as well as develop their creativity.
Create will also take its Inside Stories project to a new young offenders' institution where it will work with up to 30 young offenders with children or younger family members. Participants will be asked to write, record and illustrate stories for these children, which Create will then produce as a storybook with accompanying CD.
Create's co-founder and executive director Nicky Goulder said: "I am delighted that The Queen's Silver Jubilee Trust has chosen to partner with Create, enabling us to extend our programmes to more young carers and young offenders. Create's mission is to reach out to the most disadvantaged and vulnerable people in our society and we are thrilled to be working with these two groups of young people.
"This fantastic grant is going to enable us to transform more lives."
Nicola Brentnall, director of TQSJT, said: "We really look forward to working with Create and to learning more about how their programmes help young people to help others."
Create has run creative arts workshops for more than 22,600 participants since it was founded in July 2003.