A compelling exhibition of photographic portraits put together by The Children’s Society to tell the story of England’s 166,000 young carers.
Two young carers from Peterborough are part of this ground-breaking portrait exhibition. Hidden captures, for the first time, the hidden lives and hardships – as well as hopes and resilience – faced by hundreds of thousands of young carers as young as seven, up and down the country.
The most recent census data shows that there are around 394 young carers in Peterborough, but this figure is likely to be just the tip of the iceberg as countless more remain hidden from view.
A young carer is any child under 18 who provides regular care or emotional support to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.
Peterborough resident and young carer Sami, 16, said: “It’s been an honour to take part in the hidden exhibition, it’s been inspiring to meet other Young Carers and I’m glad that Peterborough has been given the chance to see the exhibition”
The Children’s Society – alongside Rethink Mental Illness, The Fatherhood Institute, DigitalMe and the YMCA – has brought together 24 young carers from across the country for the photo exhibition. DJ and presenter Jo Whiley, a former young carer, is one of three celebrities who have had their portrait taken.
Max Alexander, award-winning photographer and former young carer who photographed the exhibition, revealed: ‘I wanted to show the contribution young carers make to society. I wanted to show them as determined and resolute individuals, but vulnerable too. Their hidden stories then reveal themselves in their words.’
The exhibition is hosted by the Carers Trust Peterborough.
Entry and opening times
Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.
The exhibition is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Saturday, and from 12.00 noon to 3.00pm on Sunday, except when a service or event is in progress.