Whitleigh: A Consultation with Young People

Client: Plymouth City Council Youth Service

Date: 2013

Synopsis: As the Youth Service began the process of consulting Young People living in the Whitleigh area we were asked to produce a short film that would accompany the written research.

Brief:  To support a written consultation exercise with an alternative engagement method, in this case film. The use of film has proved a particularly useful way of getting professionals to engage with report findings, which are often hard to present in a captivating format.

Our Approach: This was the third consultation film we’d produced with the youth service and built on the approach of the previous films. We worked alongside a detached youth work team whilst they collected a paper-based “snapshot” survey, and interviewed to those young people who were able to contribute on camera. This was a delicate process and close attention to the ethical aspect of this model was required to make sure we protected contributors and maintained a fair editorial balance.  We also wanted to make use of observational techniques to paint a picture of the neighbourhood as experienced by young people. We attended a number of detached sessions to achieve this.

Impact: The finished film was screened to residents and professionals working in the area and caused some controversy and discussion around the critical views given by young people and the interpretation of the content presented in the film. We feel the debate generated by the film was positive, and the film acted as a useful mechanism for action to tackle some of the issues highlighted.  We were also approached by PhotoVoice to present the film at their LookOut Youth Conference at FACT Liverpool, where the film also provoked debate. 

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