Young Merton Carers Are Inspired By Art

A half-term chance to get away from their responsibilities

Young carers from Merton will get the chance to get away from their responsibilities and create original artworks when inspired:arts brings together professional artist Maru Rojas and young people attending Carers Support Merton from Tuesday to Thursday (October 25-27).

Experts say the October half term – and holidays in general – can be a testing time for young carers; without the daily routine of school, taking time out from caring for a relative at home can prove difficult.

But inspired:arts provides young carers with a creative and social outlet, giving them time away from caring responsibilities and the chance to build friendships and peer-support networks.

The Department for Education’s February 2016 Report: ‘The Lives of Young Carers in England’, points out: "Holidays were particularly challenging for most young carers due to an increase in their caring responsibilities at home and the lack of opportunity to take breaks to engage in other activities both inside and outside the home.

"Children’s caring responsibilities often increased during weekends and holidays when children spent more time at home. Breaks from caring were seen positively by young carers as opportunities to relax and de-stress, enabling them to return to caring responsibilities feeling refreshed."

October 24, 2016