Social enterprises work together to build confidence of Manchester kids

This year, we have been lucky enough to work with our social enterprise friends at Art with Heart with our Media Cubs project on a shared passion – working within the community to build the confidence of young people.

On this project we also teamed up with 4CT Limited to bring together a group of 20 children aged 7-11 to create a short film all about their community in Newton Heath, Manchester.

The mini movie makers created their short film over three sessions at The Stirling Centre youth club and were introduced to film making techniques such as directing and camera work.

All of the content within the film such as poetry, songs and dances were created by the children – they were given full creative control! Isn’t that awesome!

And to celebrate the completion of the video the children were invited to a special premiere evening with their family and friends, complete with popcorn of course!

They each got to walk the red carpet, watch their work on the big screen and receive a well-deserved Media Cubs ‘Oscar’ award!

Take a look at their premiere night here.

Jodie Smith, project leader, said: “This was a fantastic opportunity to engage a group of young people by giving them the skills and confidence to create their very own piece of work which I hope they can look back on in years to come and feel very proud of themselves.

“It was brilliant to see their creativity and it also provided a talking point around what the children think is good about their community and what can be improved which is really important- young people should have a say too! Some of their responses within the film are really heart-warming.

“Big thank you to Art With Heart for believing in the work of Media Cubs, and thank you to 4CT and the Stirling Centre for introducing us to these wonderful young people. We hope to work with you all again in the future.”

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