This month we were thrilled to welcome Ed to Create HQ on the first day of his 1,000km run to raise funds for Raise Your Hands.

On the morning of Tuesday 30 August, Ed completed the Create leg of his incredible run, flying through our red finishing line to the cheers of the Create team. You can see his moment of glory here!

After plying him with Lucozade and energy bars to revitalise him, we sat down to a cinematic screening of Switched, a short film written, performed and filmed by young carers in Merton. The film started life when the young carers explored together what the theme “exchanges” meant to them. This open, abstract subject gave them the opportunity to delve deep into their imaginations and they tackled gender stereotypes and sexism with their film’s plot: two young people – a boy and a girl - swap bodies and learn about the challenges one another face.

After a few group photos with the Create team, Ed sprinted off to the next stop on his 1,000km journey.

Meanwhile, we’ve been making the most of the summer with an incredible 92 creative workshops, performances and exhibitions with young carers across London, the south and the Midlands. From a dance showcase in the town centre of Bath to a theatrical performance of a self-penned play by young carers in Southwark, there has been no shortage of creativity and imagination in the young people we’ve collaborated with. Most importantly, our work has reduced isolation during the long summer holiday and enabled these exceptional children and young people to make new friendships, be creative and have fun!

In Richmond, we investigated the technicalities of film editing and special effects with young carers aged 8 to 12. We were blown away by their aptitude for editing software, especially when they transformed one of their characters into a semi-transparent ghost – they made it look easy!

Over in Uxbridge, we made the most of the summer sun with a photo treasure hunt in a woodland area near the local carers centre.  Drawing inspiration from camera techniques used by famous photographers, the young carers explored their community in more depth, as they searched for new angles and perspectives for their photographs. Check out some of the photos they selected as their favourites.



To cap the month, we’re super-excited to have been shortlisted for the Children & Young People Now Arts and Culture Award, alongside the two Charity of the Year nominations that we reported in our July update. Fingers crossed!

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