On 16th January Healthwatch Bolton will showcase a charity single, written by Casper Mason, along with other exciting activities all produced with young carers to give the children involved more of a voice. As it is also Young Carers Awareness Day in January so we thought this would be a great opportunity to help raise more awareness and share the children’s experiences. We have secured the nationally renowned Octagon Theatre in Bolton as a venue to present the single and have invited the young carers and their families, as well as local service providers, council members and many others.
James Mason (stage name Casper Mason) who is a young upcoming singer and songwriter from Bolton. He works for the charity Kidz2gether in Bolton and is also a Patron for the National Autistic Society (he is autistic himself). The song was written using themes from the young carer’s interviews but is about young people in general; it is an uplifting song which about growing older. It talks about the difficulties the young people face but also how, by working together, you can get through anything. The song is sung from an outside perspective but also as the first person. We wanted to deliver a positive message with young people at the heart. The young singers involved ranged in ages from 11yrs to 13yrs and we had well over 450 young people apply to be involved.
Supporting the single are Key 103, Capital FM and North West Tonight. We need as many people and places to get behind us by getting involved and promoting the song in order for it to be a success and give the young carers a voice- remembering. The song will be available to download online via numerous sites incl., iTunes and Spotify where 50% of funds made will be donated to local charities in Bolton to support young people/carers.