#Walkinourshoes Young Carers Digital Stories!

Walk In Our ShoesYoung People from Barnardo’s Young Carers Project have worked with Mind Newport’s Bounce project to learn more about how they can look after their own mental health. Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company have then worked with the group to create digital stories expressing how mental health issues have effected their lives. The stories also show how crucial the support they get from Barnardo’s Cymru is. All week we will be sharing stories from the group as we march towards Carers Week and our fantastic much awaited #Walkinourshoes intimate immersive theatre experience which challenges audiences to literally walk in a young carers’ shoes!

So look out for a story a day from the Newport Young Carers group and get in touch with Sarah@messupthemess.co.uk to find out more.

‘Walk in Our Shoes’ is an immersive, intimate theatrical experience in which the audiences in Newport experience the daily life of a young carer. The performance is aimed at teachers and other professionals, who work with young carers in order to share with them the stress and anxiety a young carer feels every day and the impact this has on their school life and work.

The 2011 census identified 178,000 young carers in England and Wales alone; an 83% increase in the number of young carers aged 5 to 7 years and a 55% increase in the number of children caring who are aged 8 to 9 years.The young carers from Barnardo’s Young Carers project Newport aged 11-18 plus young volunteers from Mess Up The Mess Theatre Company with support from, mental health charity Mind, want to make a difference to their lives. Through this project they want to create a lasting legacy in Newport by introducing a young carers card for schools that enables young people to share information about their situation without having to frequently retell their story, which can often lead to anxiety and stress. It will have the contact details for their support worker, who the teacher could then call to find out specific information. After seeing the performance they want schools to sign up to be part of the card scheme.