Art helps make unpaid carers more visible

 

Blackpool Carers Centre provides support to unpaid carers along with their families within the Blackpool area. It provides an extensive range of age-specific services and support in order to fulfil its purpose, which is to make ‘A Better Life for Carers’. An unpaid carer is someone who provides support or care for a family member who may be affected by disability, mental ill  health or substance misuse. In Blackpool alone there are more than 16,000 people who provide unpaid care to another person! Our support takes the form of information, signposting and advice, training courses and much needed respite opportunities.

Blackpool Carers Centre’s project Carers HeArt is part of its respite offer for young and adult carers, and has seen participants engage in online art sessions during lockdown to create pieces of art using images, colours, patterns or words to express what it means to be a carer and their experiences of being a carer. These pieces of art have been pieced together to help make unpaid carers more ‘visible’ and provide valuable insight into what it is like to be an unpaid carer and to be cared for.  

 

Please click on each artwork to view an enlarged image.