As it is #CarersWeek we wanted to celebrate the work of the people who took part in ‘Making Memories’ at The Howdon Hub alongside artists in residence Theresa Easton and Theresa Poulton with a pop up exhibition of projected artwork. Read on to discover more about what we’ve been up to.
Introducing the Family Gateway
The Family Gateway are based inside Howdon Community Hub and their team have created a welcoming place for families. The hub is a place to socialise, have fun and develop new skills. The Family Gateway are one of our #BetterConnect alliance partners. Better Connect is our social prescribing programme supporting carers to get creative and connect with the aim of improving their wellbeing.
Young carers were supported by Family Gateway staff to come along to ‘Making Memories’ workshops. These sessions gave young carers time to explore creative techniques like print making and creating artists’ books.
Crucially those taking part enjoyed a break from their caring responsibilities. Recent research from North Tyneside Carers centre shows that during the Covid 19 Pandemic most young carers took on more caring responsibilities. Many have continued to provide this increased level of support their parents or siblings. Having a break from these caring responsibilities is so important to individuals wellbeing. Self-care is something many carers struggle to prioritise. However, alongside other types of support it can help prevent things becoming unmanageable.
During these sessions we noticed teens smiling, laughing and demonstrating their incredible skills. It was wonderful to see them working alongside others who shared similar experiences and see them supporting each other.