Inspired by Healthwatch Bolton gathering the stories of Young Carers in Bolton local singer songwriter, Casper Mason has written, recorded and released a song titled ‘Growing Older’
Over the space of 2 months we have met with a number of carers and have been able to work with them to document what it’s like to be them. As with all Healthwatch Bolton’s work we will be publishing a written report which will document our findings. However in order to make this more relevant to young people, we have done something different by producing a charity single. The single has been written using the themes for their interviews by local singer songwriter Casper Mason and features the voices of 3 young people.
Casper, who is a patron of the National Autistic Society, worked with Healthwatch Bolton and a group of Manchester based musicians to record the song to get the project off the ground and in November, Casper and three young performers, recruited via a national call out, visited A Star studios to make a recording and video. The single has been released and is now available to download online via over 50 online stores with 50% of any monies raised going to local charities in Bolton supporting young people.
We are encouraging people to download the song to help us raise money and show these young people that they really do matter.
Healthwatch Bolton was delighted to be able to showcase the song and video at an event held at the Octagon Theatre, Howell Croft South, Bolton, BL1 1SB on Tuesday 16th January 6pm. The event was an opportunity to hear some of the inspirational stories of these young carers and their families as well as read the report written by Healthwatch Bolton (which can be dowloaded below)
Local services were invited to take part in a fun and interactive market place to highlight the support they have on offer for young people.The event was also attended by Harry Visinoni who plays young carer Seb in Cornonation St, Connor Hall from bolton Wanders FC and Lofty the Lion