Date Published: 23 January 2017
A nationwide photography exhibition highlighting the lives of young carers will be shown at Rutland County Museum from 24th January until 6th February 2017.
'Hidden' captures the hidden lives and hardships – as well as hopes and resilience – faced by hundreds of thousands of young carers up and down the country, with some as young as seven.
The Council is helping to stage the exhibition, led by national charity The Children’s Society, to help raise awareness of the many realities faced by young carers in Rutland and beyond.
A young carer is any child under 18 who provides regular care or emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.
The most recent census data shows around 66 young carers in Rutland, but this figure is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg as countless more remain hidden from view, tirelessly caring for parents or siblings.
“I’ve had the chance to get involved in the Hidden exhibition through our young carers group TOFU (Time out for us) and it’s been great. Being part of the group has helped me express how I feel, regain my confidence and get help and advice. I hope people get a chance to come and see what we’ve done.”
Becca, Rutland Young Carer
The Children’s Society has brought together 24 young carers from across the country for the photo exhibition including DJ and Radio 2 presenter Jo Whiley, one of three celebrities who have had their portrait taken.
“We are delighted to be involved in this exhibition and to be working with The Children’s Society to highlight the issues experienced by young carers. Young carers are children or young people who go to great lengths to look after a loved one with a serious condition, such as disability, a chronic illness or an addiction. In many cases, young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister and are themselves in need of help and support. I would encourage everyone to come along and see the exhibition, which is striking both in terms of the art on display and the serious message behind each portrait.”
Councillor Richard Foster, Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People
“Hidden raises awareness about the lives of young carers and their families across Rutland and the rest of England. The Children’s Society is working to make sure that their stories are no longer hidden from view and they receive the support they need to enjoy their childhoods and fulfil their potential.”
Matthew Reed, Chief Executive of The Children's Society