YOUNG people supported by a kids’ charity have been showcasing the fruits of their artistic talents.
Aged between ten and 18, the young artists were encouraged by Barnardo’s and the Voice and Influence Early Help project to portray their experiences and feelings through art.
Now the CAVE (Creative Arts Voice Experience) group have launched their own exhibition at Riverside House in Rotherham.
The young people from CAVE are supported by Barnardo’s Trusted Relationships service, which aims to encourage the development of positive, trusted relationships where there are concerns about vulnerability to being sexually and/or criminally exploited.
The exhibition included painting, poems, photography and music, with the collective aim of helping make positive changes for children living in the Rotherham area.
The group also distributed art resources to other children and young people’s projects in Rotherham so they could join in.
Emma Longden, children’s services manager at the Barnardo’s Trusted Relationships service, said: “This has been a fantastic project to work on with the young people from our service and we have been delighted to facilitate CAVE and help the young people to express how they feel.
“The young people supported by the service have faced different challenges and using art to tell their story and inspire, motivate and help others is brilliant. We are so proud of them.
“We were delighted to welcome so many people to the exhibition and hope that they enjoyed it as much as we all did.”
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