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A “garden gallery” created by young Wearside carers has been opened by Julie.

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The art installation, based at the Southwick headquarters of Sunderland Young Carers, was developed by a dozen carers over the summer.

“I was really impressed by the gallery, and enjoyed hearing about the individual stories behind each piece of artwork,” said Julie following the opening ceremony.

“It is a really fantastic piece of work, and one which Sunderland's young carers should be very proud of.”

Artist Michelle Wall worked with the 12 carers on the garden gallery project after receiving a £1,000 grant from the Cultural Spring’s Your Art programme.

Michelle said: “I was aware of the amazing work these extraordinary young people do and really wanted an opportunity to work with them.

“We decided it would be a great idea to create a garden gallery at the centre and have been producing artwork over the past few weeks to do just that.”

Michelle, who graduated from the University of Sunderland with a degree in Fine Art in 2010, “thoroughly enjoyed” the experience of working with the young carers.

“Hopefully, over time, more carers and young carers can add their work to it and create a lasting and changing collaborative work of art,” added Michelle.

Graham Burt, Chief Executive of Sunderland Young Carers, added: “I’m delighted with the garden gallery and would like to thank Michelle for her hard work, and Julie for taking the time to open it for us.”

  •  Sunderland Young Carers has a database of about 600 young people, but the number of young people looking after relations or friends is more likely to be about 3,000.

 

Young carers brush up on their art skills for “fantastic” garden project

A “garden gallery” created by young Wearside carers has been opened by Julie.

A coffee morning in support of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign has been hosted by Julie.

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The event, at St Mary’s Parish Centre, was held on September 17 to raise awareness of pension problems faced by women born in the 1950s.

Julie said: “We all recognise that the State Pension age needs to increase, but people need to be given enough notice of any changes to plan for retirement. This hasn’t happened.

“At the coffee morning I met with women from Sunderland who have been hit by the Government's unfair changes to the State Pension Age.

“The WASPI campaign is doing a great job in raising awareness of the inequalities effecting many women born in the 1950s, and calling on the Government to introduce transitional arrangements.”

More than 4,000 women in Sunderland were born in the 1950s – on, or after, April 6, 1951 – and are now facing changes to their pensions.

“The WASPI Tyne, Wear and Tees Branch are doing fantastic work keeping pressure on the Government to give those affected a fair deal,” said Julie.

“Please drop me an email at julie.elliott.mp@parliament.uk if you would like to find out more or keep up to date with the campaign.”

 

Support for women facing pension problems

A coffee morning in support of the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign has been hosted by Julie.

Julie supports the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign which aims to achieve fair transitional State Pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April 1951) and recently joined campaigners to collect signatures for their petition in the city centre.

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If you are impacted by this issue then you are invited to a WASPI coffee morning Julie is hosting this weekend.  The coffee morning is taking place from:

11am

on

Saturday 17 September

at

St Mary’s Parish Centre,

Bridge Street,

Sunderland,

SR1 1TQ

 

Julie said:

“We all recognise that the State Pension age needs to increase but people need to be given enough notice of any changes to plan for retirement, this hasn’t happened.  The WASPI campaign is doing a great job in raising awareness of the inequalities effecting many women born in the 1950s and calling on the Government to introduce transitional arrangements.”

To learn more about the campaign please visit http://www.waspi.co.uk/ 

Supporting our WASPI women

Julie supports the Women Against State Pension Inequality (WASPI) campaign which aims to achieve fair transitional State Pension arrangements for women born in the 1950s (on or after 6 April...


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