YOUNG carers from Stockton-on-Tees are featured in a nationwide photography exhibition opening at ARC Stockton today (March 3).
The youngsters, who are supported by Eastern Ravens Trust, were photographed for the portrait exhibition ‘Hidden’.
It tells the story of England’s young carers including Borough carers Keavey White, 17, and 18-year-old Dana Omran-Liddle.
And both are very proud to be involved in the exhibition, which has been on tour at venues across the country.
“The Hidden Exhibition is a unique way of raising awareness of what we do,” said Keavey. “It is such an honour to be asked to take part in the exhibition, which has been to London and Greater Manchester and is now here in Stockton,” added Dana.
Eastern Ravens Trust is commissioned by Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council and Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group and currently provides support to 152 young carers and their families across the Borough.
Tracey Hamilton, Eastern Ravens Trust Manager, said: “I hope the exhibition makes people think about the lives of children and young people who are providing care to family members. It’s a great opportunity to gain an understanding of how and why young carers need additional support.”
The exhibition was officially opened by the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Ken Dixon.
He said: “It is a real coup to have this national exhibition here Stockton and a fantastic way of raising awareness about the challenges young carers face. These photographs highlight the importance of the right support being in place to help young carers realise their hopes and dreams and have the same opportunities as other young people.
“I urge everyone to see it to gain an insight into the reality of life for some young people growing up within our Borough.”
‘Hidden’ will be on show at ARC in Stockton from Friday, March 3 until Saturday, March 11. Entry is free.
The exhibition is part of The Big Lottery funded Young Carers in Focus programme (YCIF) project led by The Children’s Society.
Further details are available on the ARC website visit: www.arconline.co.uk/whats-on/community/community