In 2011 The Lowry launched its first ever Christmas appeal to raise money for our Community and Education Team to run a project with Salford Young Carers.
This week we celebrate the success of the last 10 month’s hard work.
On Tue 2 October 2012 we hosted a red carpet event at The Lowry to premiere the film ‘We’re Not Different, We Just do Different Things’; created by The Lowry and Salford Young Carers Service to raise awareness of the work of hundreds of young carers across the city.
The film explores how being a young carer affects school life, through the story of a family living in Salford where Josh, aged 16, Lizzy, aged 14 and Ashleigh, aged 10, all care for Mum, who is played by Maxine Peake.
The film will be shown across all Salford High Schools by the Salford Young Carers Service. We will also aim to advocate the use of this film as a resource for Schools in other Local Authority Areas across the country.
The film premiere was attended and supported by a number of local partners. The evening included Guest speakers Julia Fawcett OBE, CEO The Lowry, Sue Lightup: Strategic Director for Community Health and Social care in Salford, Baroness Beverley Hughes: Lowry Trustee & Paul Moran: Salford Young Carers Service.
We also received fantastic support from MP Barbara Keeley, our Mayor of Salford, Cllr Bernard Lea, Cllr Eric Burgoyne, Anna Hassan: Regional Relationship Manager for Arts Council England, Heather Aaron: Wentworth High School, Helen Dickerson: All Hallows RC Business & Enterprise College, Becky Dickson: Key 103 Cash for Kids, Simon Lennox: Walkden High School and Thea Stein CEO of Carers Trust, amongst a strong support from the friends and families of the Young Carers involved in the project.
Most importantly this project has given a group of Young Carers the opportunity to come together, have fun, a break from their caring responsibilities and a chance to use the arts as a tool for exploring issues related to their lives. We’ve also crammed in backstage tours, a visit to see Starlight Express, Acting for Camera workshops, drama and movement workshops and even a posh meal in The Lowry restaurant!
We are extremely proud of what has been achieved and would like to thank everyone who has been involved. The Lowry and Salford Young Carers Service will continue to work together as partners to deliver meaningful opportunties for young carers in Salford to engage in high quality creative & cultural provision.
“It’ll be sunny tomorrow”