‘Bristol students team up with Young & Caring to create colourful benches to show how much young people care’
A group of young people from Bristol Metropolitan Academy have been working with national youth education charity Envision to raise awareness of Young Carers in Bristol.
The team decided they wanted to help Young Carers as they were concerned that not enough people in their school and community where aware of the challenges and pressures that young carers face. Working under the team name ‘Making You Aware That Young People Care’ the group began to work with Young Carers to come up ideas for how to raise awareness in their school. They decided to create a collection of colourful handmade benches with a group of local young carers which would be placed in their school for all the students to see. Each bench would feature a plaque with the teams message that young people care.
With help from their Envision team mentor the group approached the Bristol Wood Recycling Project to ask them to help design and make their benches from recycled wood. They then got in contact with Young and Caring formally Black Young Carers and invited them to join them for the afternoon to paint the benches and install them at the school.
Team member, Louise, age 17, said, “We had an amazing day painting the benches and met lots of new people. I learned so much from the experience of working in a team and from the young carers themselves. I hope the benches will promote awareness in our community and help future students at Bristol Metropolitan Academy understand and know the difficulties young carers face”
Bristol Black Young Carers Development Worker Cenzina Barclay said “The young carers and I thoroughly enjoyed being part of such an exciting and extremely valuable project.”