Our young people with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability (SEND) meet once a month. The group provides peer support to combat loneliness, learn new skills, have a bite to eat and share views on the issues that affect them. We aim to ensure that these sessions provide resources for our young people to challenge social injustice and give voice to issues they are experiencing, by using Stop Motion video technology, previously used to great effect with our Starfish Project. This platform aids creativity, whilst empowering individuals with limited social and communication skills to express their views. Participants will… • learn new creative and digital technology skills - initially via warm-up activities and then longer film-making activities. • share what they have created with each other, and then with a wider audience eg. online, at a showcase events, at our trustee meetings and AGM. • tell their stories, express their own views and opinions via this medium.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Over the last 24 months, our young people have repeatedly expressed to us their frustration of not being able to participate in conversations regarding decisions that will affect them. They say that they are often lonely, but are keen to make friends and have things to do. They can find it hard to communicate their support needs and wishes, so are left feeling ignored and isolated. We provide training in self-advocacy skills, self-confidence, self-expression, and participants are trained in communication skills and teamwork. This programme helps our young people feel confident enough to develop and devise the animations and to shape the programme. They will make the decisions as to what they feel needs to be portrayed within the animations. In addition, they will be meeting with others who may be experiencing some of the same issues and will be collaborating in a shared aim. In this way, they will be able to alleviate some of the isolation and increase their social confidence.
Steps to get it done:
We feel that this project will not only provide a creative recreational opportunity for our young people with Special Educational Needs, but will also be a powerful way to help our young people get their views and wishes heard and understood, in a way that will be interesting and engaging to the local community and policy makers.
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