Benefit gig to support young carers
YOUNG CARERS ROCK!
Young Carers Rock! Is a 14+ benefit gig to celebrate young carers in the city and raise awareness of the challenges they face. Edinburgh bands Ayakara and Whitehill Grove with The Snuts from West Lothian head the line-up at the Mash House, 37 Guthrie Street next Thursday (15 June), from 7pm until 10pm.
Taking place during National Carers Week (12 – 18 June), this is Edinburgh’s first benefit gig in aid of young carers – children and young adults with major caring responsibilities for a parent, relative or sibling with a disability, long term condition or affected by addiction.
Rock fans and especially young carers and friends will benefit from a musical treat by some of Scotland’s most exciting new bands. All profits go to the Edinburgh Young Carers Forum.
Kyle Harris is 14 years old, goes to Liberton High School and cares for his mum who is blind. He also helps take care of his two younger sisters. Kyle said: “When I was growing up I did not know Edinburgh Young Carers until I was 8 years old. Raising awareness and helping young carers get the support early is a great thing!”
Ayakara lead guitarist Felix Christie paid tribute to Edinburgh’s young carers: “Years ago, all of us in Ayakara went to Trinity Academy. We formed the band in our spare time. Young carers don’t have much spare time. They start and end the day looking after a parent or relative at home. They often miss out on just about everything we take for granted.”
Bass guitarist Callum Jones added: “We dedicate this gig to all young carers in this city. We hope many of you can take a night off and come along for a great rock ‘n’ roll show!”
The gig is supported by local carer organisations EYCP (Edinburgh Young Carers Project) and VOCAL (Voice of Carers Across Lothian) who support over 7,000 carers in the city.
Entry for this 14+ event is £3 for young carers, £6 for others and £10 for all who want to give an extra donation the Edinburgh Young Carers Forum. Tickets are available online from www.seetickets.com – search for ‘Young Carers Rock’.