‘real time talk’ is a film and workshop project that puts young people in control of the debate about their mental health and well-being.

Working in partnership with local agencies like Reach4ward Project and CMBC Youth Service we propose to develop a participatory resource which will be offered to local schools and youth groups, incorporating a film and workshop package. The project will support platforming and advocacy work for young people, and stimulate open conversation and dialogue with harder reach groups in our local communities.

The Proposal

Working together we will co-produce the following format with a steering group of young people:

Setting up of relaxed and informal group work with young people in targeted areas of Calderdale
Mentoring scheme to develop the voice of young people through film
Mentoring scheme to support young mental health champions
Creation of film celebrating ‘voices’ of young people
Series of relaxed, informal screenings across the borough with opportunities for feedback / Q&A
Pilot series of creative workshops with young people using the film as a springboard to conversation
Monitoring / feedback and analysis of developmental work

We will draw on existing good practice locally, working with groups of young people in relaxed and informal settings to develop and simulate conversation around notions of ‘wellness’ and contributing factors. Group work would explore some of these determining factors that impact on quality of life for young people in our local communities: education / employment opportunities / social media / environment / tribal and/or gang culture.

The project would be designed to celebrate and promote ‘hope’ and ‘opportunity’ as well as explore some of the tougher decisions that young people face growing up in Calderdale in 2019. We would also promote group work that brings together young people from contrasting areas of the borough – to explore similarity and difference of experience … and to look for ‘commonality’ and shared solutions.

Conversations and location settings would be filmed by Geoff and young volunteers. Throughout the project we would seek to ‘co-produce’ e.g. editing and content decisions would be agreed by an informal steering group of young people and Verd de Gris arts team. The film would be cut and edited to enable it to be used as a creative resource. Our aim would be to significantly extend the ‘reach’ of the project – allowing potential partners / local agencies to use the film in counselling / training sessions.

The film would bring a ‘poetic’ or lyrical quality to discussions: similar in aspect to our other award winning films projects like TAXI and Soul Journey