Posted: 16 January 2015

Welcome to our world - A dramatic exhibition of photos of young carers

Hidden, a new exhibition of photographs of young carers, opens at the OXO Gallery in London from 12-23 February. Admission is free.

A sample of the photographs - by phototrapher Max Alexander - and young carers' stories follow. 

Details of the exhibition:

Where: gallery@oxo, Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, South Bank, London, SE1 9PH
When: 11 February - 22 February, 11.00am - 6.00pm
Admission: Free

Robert, 14, from Surrey

Dad has Huntington's disease. This damages some of the nerve cells in the brain and affects his memory, decision-making and personality. THere is no cure, it will just get worse over time. It's difficult to think of the choices I have to make that non-carers don't face. I get up at 5.15am to go and practise my skating at the local rink. It takes my mind off of everything.

Robert at an ice rink

 

Meg, 17, from Warwickshire

A typical day doesn't exist. It's just a good day or a bad day. I care for my mum, my sister, 11, and my brother, eight, who has learning difficulties. The mental health issues kicked in when I was about eight - Mum started crying and didn't want to be a mum any more. I still have discussions with Mum about me needing support. The stigma is pretty awful. People don't understand it but can I blame them? I didn't know anything about it before Mum got ill. I like cats because they don't demand anything - just a bit of love and food.

Meg

By Matt Summers-Sparks - Digital team