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Youngsters take to the big screen

Youngsters in South Staffordshire are taking to the big screen as they play a role in improving communities across the district.

South Staffordshire Housing Association has worked with community-based arts project B Arts to film three DVDs with the help of young people in Huntington, Kinver and Essington.

More than 20 people attended an event at Huntington on Wednesday (October 5) to launch the films, which will be available to watch on Staffordshire Young People’s Service Youth Box channel.

The project involved young people being interviewed about what they do and don’t link in the communities where they live, and whether they would like to stay living there.

The majority of young people interviewed said that they wanted more activities for young people to do in the evening and almost everybody said that they would like to stay living in the area when they were older.

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Preece from Huntington said: “It was really good fun being involved in the filming project with my friends. I think it’s good that young people are asked what they think and more projects like this should be done.

“I enjoyed watching the DVDs and it was interesting to see what people in the different villages had to say. I think we all want more activities for young people to do on an evening.” 

With the help of Staffordshire Young People’s Service B Arts interviewed people attending youth clubs in the three areas.

The information gathered will be shared to help South Staffordshire Housing Association and other community agencies, such as Huntington Pride, which is a multi-agency group, to improve local communities.

Neighbourhood involvement officer at South Staffordshire Housing Association, Jackie Ilic, said: “This has been an important project for us engaging with and gathering the views of young people. They are potentially our tenants of the future so it is important that we are creating communities in which they want to live.

“We are delighted with the finished DVDs and we hope they are also going to be used by our community partners, such as the police and youth services, so we can all help to meet young people’s needs and aspirations.”

Image of the DVD launch