Young people in Three Rivers District say ‘It’s OK to be happy!’
10 February 2016
A group of young people in Three Rivers have created a short awareness film on body image and feeling happy, in order to support Feeling Good Week 2016.
The young people, who live in the Chorleywood area, take part in a Youth Connexions project regularly on a Monday evening in Rootz Café, and came up with the idea of making a short film to publicise Feeling Good Week. Supported by youth workers, the young people received a grant for £500 from East and North Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Herts Valley CCG and Hertfordshire County Council to produce and direct a short film raising awareness of the issues of body image, healthy relationships and bullying – which they plan to circulate around schools, youth projects and other organisations in order to raise awareness of the subject.
The grant enabled the group to buy the services of a professional film making expert to help them, but they devised the storyline and filmed it themselves – as well as starring in it! They decided to focus on the different emotions that they think young people experience strongly and to show, through film, that the most important feeling of all is to be happy in yourself.
“It was really good when we found out we could make a film for Feeling Good Week” commented one young person, “sometimes people focus on the negative, this gave us a chance to show it’s important to be positive and be yourself.”
Nuray Ercan, Children and Young People’s Lead for Healthwatch, Hertfordshire, who came to visit the project said, “Following Youth Connexions Three Rivers Teams successful bid for Feeling Good Week 2016, it was great to visit the group to see the young people in action. The session was lively and the young people were very engaged and committed to the film making. Demonstrating their skills, they edited the film frame by frame as well as choosing the background music and the key messages to convey. The evening ended with a run through of the short film which raises awareness of mental health. The group should be very proud of their achievement as this will be a quality resource that will help their peers in years to come.”
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