This week (8 – 14 June) is Carers Week, a moment to shine a light on the many incredible unpaid Carers in our community who look after family members or friends. We know how valuable the arts can be in offering respite from the responsibilities of caring for a loved one, and over the last few years we have built a number of partnership projects with local organisations, working with carers of all ages. We wanted to ensure that work continued despite the Theatre being closed.
During this Carers Week we worked in partnership with Carers Support West Sussex to offer some exclusive remote workshops for Carers, including a poetry and creative writing workshop. Several of the participants shared their writing with us after the session; you can read some of the pieces on the theme of Home here.
Thank you for the creative course this morning. It was good to take a break and remind myself how much I love it.Participant
Thanks again Carers Support and Chichester Festival Theatre for running a great workshop. I had a smile on my face for the rest of the day.Participant
As many local schools have been working hard to support Young Carers during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have in turn offered our own support. Thanks to donations from Harper Collins, Acorn Books Petworth and x, y and z, we were able to produce creative resource packs containing books, craft materials and activity packs offering outlets for young people with limited or no digital access at home, supported by The G D Charitable Trust. We received a lovely video message (watch below) from the Headteacher of Portfield Primary Academy describing the positive impact that our partnership has had on their pupils, in particular their Young Carers.
This vital work in our local community would not be possible without the support of donations and we would like to thank everyone who has given money to our Keep CFT Connected Appeal for helping us to continue these projects during our closure. If you're able to consider a donation to support our work through this challenging time, we'd be hugely grateful.