The Quilt Tour
A special patchwork quilt, created by young people who are supported by Lancashire County Council, is on display at locations across Lancashire from 4 February 2013.
The Urban Patch quilt has been developed by young people for young people based on their experiences of being in the care of Lancashire County Council (LCC) or youth justice system. It has been funded by the Corporate Parenting Board, which makes sure children in care receive the best care and outcomes and listens to the views of these children and young people.
Young people expressed their ideas and feelings by making their own squares for the quilt, and the end result includes key themes of gratitude, strength, protection and comfort.
The 17ft by 14ft quilt was first unveiled in September 2012 at a major conference which brought together councils from across the north west to share learning and good practice in being a good 'corporate parent' to children and young people in their care.
County Councillor Tony Winder, chairman of Lancashire's corporate parenting board, said:
"It is hugely important that young people feel free and comfortable to have their say on any issues that affect their lives or which they are concerned about. The production of this quilt has been just one way among many in which young people who use our services can express their views.
I'm very happy that the quilt is going to be showcased at locations throughout Lancashire as well as at its previous display at County Hall. This will enable more people throughout Lancashire to see all the time and effort the young people have put in to this innovative project.
It is no wonder that this lovely quilt is going on tour because every patch tells a different story. It is a magnificent reflection on the benefit that being in residential care or receiving other kinds of help can have on a young person.
I have no doubt that these further exhibitions will be just as successful as the last."
The quilt is on display:
- 4 February to 15 February 2013 at Morecambe Library
- 18 February to 1 March 2013 at Fishergate Shopping Centre, Preston
- 4 March to 15 March 2013 at Accrington Library