Monday, 21 January 2013

A quilt with a difference on display at Morecambe Library

An exhibition with a difference is coming to Morecambe Library.

A special patchwork quilt, created by young people who are supported by Lancashire County Council, will be on display at the library from 4th February 2013.

County council workers helped young people to express 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 quilt has been put together by young people in care and those who use the county council's short break, fostering, youth offending and leaving care services, as a way of sharing their experiences and aspirations.

The 17ft by 14ft quilt was first unveiled in September 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 recei ving 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 will be on display from 4-15 February.

• Morecambe Library is at Central Drive, Morecambe LA4 5DL

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