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Our Young Carers create artwork for MASKS Awareness Programme

By Mrs Collin

MASKS is a charity that was set up to support two Special Needs schools in the South Bucks area. The schools support children aged 3 to 19 who have a range of complex learning, behavioural and physical disabilities.

The aim of the MASKS Awareness Programme is to inform and educate mainstream students and the wider community about vulnerable children and adults, in order to breakdown prejudice against them and help prevent abuse of them and their families.

It is a fact that siblings of children with special needs are often bullied or isolated by their peers who make thoughtless, and often unkind comments.

The project has asked all schools in the area to provide a piece of work that would ‘Make a Special Kid Smile’, to be exhibited in an exhibition at the Gateway Centre in Aylesbury on Monday 19th June. After the exhibition the artwork will be displayed within locations by permission of Bucks County Council.

In Year 7 we have a group of Young Carers who know and understand what it is like to have a sibling with special needs, and have themselves encountered comments from others. They have spent many lunchtimes happily working on a painting and poem to be exhibited, knowing they all have the same reasons for doing it and making ‘a Special Kid Smile’.

Young carers are children and young people who care for someone in their own home who is ill, has a physical or mental disability, or drug or alcohol dependancy. 

Ami Dhariwal, Eve Scott and Alisha Harvey rose to the challenge and produced a lovely, bright and heart-warming piece of artwork. It made such a difference to some of the children at one of the Special Needs schools that their faces lit up with smiles when they saw it.

The poem in the centre is written by one of the girls and sums up how our Young Carers feel about their siblings and what can be achieved despite all the hurdles they have to overcome. It also shows we have exceptional girls who are carers and still manage to achieve remarkable things at home and in school.

If you are a Young Carer and would like more information please see the links below. Alternatively email Mrs Hopwood or Mrs Collin at school. 

https://www.sibs.org.uk

http://www.youngcarersbucks.org