No Limits for Young Carers
Friday 21 October 2011
A group of young carers from Midlothian who formed a girl band put on a concert for their friends and family at Tynecastle Stadium on Wednesday 12 October. The five girls, aged 13-15, attend the CHILDREN 1ST Midlothian Young Carers service for support.
The Midlothian young carers have been involved in the music project since April 2011, which is when they decided to form a girl band called No Limits. They recorded two songs which were produced onto a DVD for the girls to take home. The group continued to work together and they were the opening act at the Young Carers Festival in August, performing in front of 500 other young carers.
Jodie, one of the girls involved in the project, said: "The music group is awesome. It gives me a bit of freedom. We chose what music we want to do with nobody influencing us."
The music project is provided by the Heart of Midlothian Education and Community Trust. The girls have decided to put on a performance for their family and friends and Heart of Midlothian FC has offered Tynecastle Stadium as a stage.
Vicky Anderson, a Support Worker at the CHILDREN 1ST Midlothian Young Carers service, said: "At this service we aim to provide young carers with a break from caring and an opportunity to enjoy themselves. This was a chance for five young carers to get a break from family circumstances, take part in something new and gain a sense of achievement.
The girls have thoroughly enjoyed their experience and wanted to show their family and friends how far they’ve come. This project has allowed them to build on their confidence and self-esteem and build relationships with young people in a similar situation to them. The music was almost a by-product of the sessions, with the main aim really being that they take part in a positive activity, engage with one another, and most of all take some time out just to have fun."
Last updated: Monday 28 November 2011