The 1Community Project is an initiative of Connecting Youth Culture (CYC), the specialist arts team that is part of North Yorkshire County Council’s commercial North Yorkshire Education Services. Funding for the project has come from the Community Fund of the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire.
CYC has been working with groups across the county, including travellers, refugees, young carers, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans) young people and victims and perpetrators of hate crime to create art that gives voice to their diversity and identities.
A young carers group made up of young carers from Hambleton and Richmondshire meets monthly to provide vital peer support as well as a voice for all young carers in this region with the support of the Hambleton and Richmondshire Young Carers Service. The 1Community Project has linked in with these meetings to work with the 14-strong group aged between eight and 16 to create a variety of graffiti and sculpture art representing their goal of showing that anyone could be a young carer no matter their race, religion or family background, and raising awareness about the issues that young carers face.