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Young carers rock out in Sunderland’s Bunker

Young carers Rock School at The Bunker, Stockton Road, Sunderland, on Wednesday night.

Young carers Rock School at The Bunker, Stockton Road, Sunderland, on Wednesday night.

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.”

 

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