YOUNG carers have been taking a break from the pressures of their roles to rock out.
A young carers rock school is running at The Bunker until the end of March and gives young people aged 11-13 the chance to let their hair down and develop their music skills.
The 10-week project, funded by the Carers Trust, has been led by musician Stephen Fay and aims to combine structured activities with the fun and social aspect of music.
Stephen said: “I have worked on many rock school projects, but it’s very exciting to have a large group of young people in every week. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s great that The Bunker can offer services like this.”
The young carers usually attend a weekly session at Sunderland Carers Centre in Southwick but have been going to the rock school instead where they have been learning to play a variety of instruments, forming bands and writing their own songs.
Claire Alderson, from the Carer’s Centre, said: “It’s a fantastic opportunity for the young people to have the opportunity to go to The Bunker and get involved with something they’ve never done before. For a lot of them, it’s their few hours of down-time a week, so engaging them in activities such as the rock school can be a lot of fun with their friends.”