WINTER GIFTS OF CARE FOR YOUNG CARERS
Will you help Young Carers have a gift of time for themselves away from home responsibilities, alongside a creative team of people encouraging them to face the future with renewed energy and positivity?
Please help us provide support for these young, often invisible, often marginalised, unsung heroes.
Young Carers provide love, care and help for challenged family members who need and often depend on their vital support at home. These young people juggle extra responsibilities with their time for education and rarely have time to socialise with friends. Since the pandemic, Young Carers are experiencing higher levels of anxiety and mental health problems. We plan to offer specially designed residential weekends that give groups of Young Carers time to unwind, free of their responsibilities, as well as a chance to meet other Young Carers in a comfortable, skilfully supportive setting where they can focus on their own lives.
In collaboration with Torbay Youth Trust, Playback Theatre SW will organise the weekends around sessions where their unique story-telling methods enable participants to share a recognition of their own and each other’s experiences and grow friendships based on shared understanding.
Engaging people and welcoming every voice
Playback Theatre South West are a small charity who actively involve a wide variety of people and creatively engage with their experiences using skilled drama methods – with therapeutic and socially cohesive outcomes.
“What a sympathetic and quite brilliant therapeutic session… moving, caring and kind…
Clever insight, but empathetic presentation for all.”
A New Way of Listening and Understanding
Our approach promotes social inclusion, equality and diversity in all our projects where every voice is actively invited and welcomed. We are enabling a new way of listening and understanding.
Through careful invitation and contextual framing, trust is built so that people are drawn into shared narratives about their own experience – creating a vibrant, attentive atmosphere for listening and understanding of self and others.
Individual accounts of moments in their lives are adapted creatively into poignant, kind, humourous and emotionally insightful improvisations by the practitioners – creating moving, empathetic resonance for all present.
“Martin and I are heartened by the impact of Playback Theatre on the carers. It reframes issues and situations, enables change, develops and strengthens relationships, is cathartic and fun.”
Claudia Benzies Co-manager for Cool Recovery Devon