A culture project for young carers is launching after Museums & Galleries Edinburgh, with Edinburgh Young Carers, was selected as a partner by the British Museum for their 'Where we are' programme.
Where we are… is a new national programme for young people aged 16-24 that co-designs and co-delivers meaningful local arts and cultural projects around the UK.
In Edinburgh staff from Museums and Galleries Edinburgh and Edinburgh Young Carers will work with up to 10 young carers from across the Capital.
Through this project, young carers in the community who may face adversity and challenges as a result of their caring responsibilities, will have the opportunity to have fun and forge networks and bring their experience and skills to the project, developing these further.
Councillor Donald Wilson, Culture and Communities Convener, said:
Working with Edinburgh Young Carers, our Museums & Galleries Edinburgh service is delighted to have been selected as one of British Museums key partners on the Where we are programme.
Our Museums service have done a lot of work with young carers and other vulnerable groups and there has never been a better time for this kind of engagement.
In Edinburgh we are keen to ensure that cultural opportunities are available to everyone that lives here, and we can’t wait to see what the young people produce.
Councillor Amy McNeese-Mechan, Culture and Communities Vice Convene, said:
One of our priorities as a local authority is to ensure wellbeing and equalities are enhanced for everyone who lives here. This project will contribute to that aim by providing young people with a cultural opportunity that will help them to develop skills, build confidence and provide a positive focus after what has been a very difficult year. We’re very excited to see what they produce.
Ria Sloan, Outreach and Access Manager, said:
Museums and Galleries Edinburgh place people at the heart of what we do; we work to provide opportunities for people to access, explore and contribute to Edinburgh’s cultural life. I’m thrilled to be able to give local young people the opportunity to be part of a nationwide project led by the British Museum and I’m really looking forward to learning more about how we can support their interests and needs.
Lee MacKenzie, 16-25s Development Worker at Young Carers said:
We are thrilled to have been selected to take part in the project. This last year has been particularly challenging for our young adult carers in terms of wellbeing, education and employment. By being part of this project, we hope to remove some of the barriers the pandemic has created for our carers as well supporting them to explore some of the incredible culture their city has to offer. Having worked together with the Museums and Galleries Edinburgh team on successful projects in the past, it's great to be able to work in partnership again on something new.
- Museums and Galleries Edinburgh cares for thirteen venues and over 200,000 objects related to Edinburgh life, childhood, archaeology, fine art and decorative art.
- Edinburgh Young Carers is a voluntary organisation that provides support for children and young people aged 5–25 who care for someone at home.