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Young Carers Action Day – March 16th 2021

Posted on March 12th, 2021

Torbay Youth Trust Celebrates Young Carers’ Work

A remotely delivered series of workshops will bring together young carers from across Torbay to create a giant ‘Wheel of Love’, an art piece inspired by the spiritual mandala style, that will celebrate the important role they play in supporting loved ones.

Torbay Youth Trust commissioned the project with the support of Artizan Collective CIC following another successful series of creative workshops run during the first lockdown with Participate Arts. The new call sought ambitious proposals that could work flexibly given current uncertainty but still offer a meaningful and valuable experience for the young people the Trust supports.

Caring, nurturing and compassion are behaviours found throughout all the natural world including many animal and bird species. The ‘Wheel of Love’ project, which will be delivered by visual artist and designer Shiraaz Ali, presents an opportunity for the young carers Torbay Youth Trust supports to explore their evolving role in a positive, fulfilling and collective way.

The project is based on the Mandala, a pattern believed to be created using sacred geometry which guides the very atoms that make us and the solar system that we inhabit. The ‘Wheel of Love’ is inspired by the dedication, compassion and unconditional love inherent in caring in all its forms.

Each participant will receive a panel that forms a part of the Mandala whole and materials with which to decorate it. Through guided sessions, they’ll be given the opportunity to explore different materials, techniques and styles, before applying what they learn to their panel, with the opportunity to express their experiences through this creative outlet. All the panels will then be brought together to form a one and half metre wide mandala style wheel, which will go on display at Artizan Gallery and tour to other venues, before finding a permanent display with the Trust.

The project has also secured the support of South Devon College and the South Devon Marine Academy who will be constructing the panels and framework that the young carers will decorate.

Workshops will be delivered throughout March with the final showcase planned for later in the year outside of lockdown to provide an opportunity to share and celebrate the stories of these incredible young people. To follow the project, visit www.artizangallery.co.uk/wheeloflove  

Jo Morrell, Director of the Youth Trust: “We are so excited to be working closely with Artizan on this, and other art projects which celebrate the creativity of our wonderful Young Carers. We are very grateful for the opportunity this partnership gives us to focus on hope and celebration in what has been a very difficult time for them.”

Shiraaz Ali, Workshop Leader, Visual Artist and Designer: “During these challenging times that many people are going through especially young people, I believe that we must aim towards spreading love, kindness and compassion to all through artistic practices or via any other means. I believe that the ‘Wheel of Love’ project for Torbay young carers presents the ability for them to be able to explore their evolving caring role in a positive, fulfilling and collective way.”

Jacob Brandon, Director Artizan Collective CIC: “The opportunity to help commission this project is one we are thrilled to have been a part of. The value access to art can play in young peoples’ lives is immeasurable, and Torbay Youth Trust’s vision to bring this into their work supporting carers is to be celebrated.”

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What is Young Carers Action Day?

Young Carers Action Day is an annual event led by Carers Trust. It raises awareness and calls for action to increase support for young people with caring responsibilities.
When Carers Trust spoke to Young Carers and Young Adult Carers they were really clear that #YoungCarersActionDay must be about action and delivering change for young and young adult carers.

What else can you do? Share. Be Heard. #YoungCarersActionDay and @CarersTrust on Social Media Posts. Ask for action

Carers Trust / Torbay Youth Trust / Flash Light / Young Carers Service

 

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