Find Your Voice Birmingham Celebrates 100 Participants!

Find Your Voice Birmingham Celebrates 100 Participants!

October 2, 2019

 

Birmingham, the youngest city in Europe proved that we aren't just young, but passionate, engaged and strong this past week as we celebrated 100 Find Your Voice participants in 2019 so far! 

Find Your Voice, funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and delivered by UpRising Leadership, is a programme that engages 16-18 year olds from Birmingham to have their say on issues by making short social action films. Topics we have covered this year include knife crime, mental health and emotional abuse among others across eight fantastic films, which are completely devised and directed by our participants.  

We held a celebration screening of their films at Old Library in Digbeth on Wednesday 18th September, where we could invite friends, family, stakeholders and the wider community to see their work and engage in the conversation.  Our participants were able to really hold court, presenting their films and speaking about what really mattered to them. 

Tehmim, whose film The Maze was about mental health said "I found it nerve racking to stand up in front of a group of people, however, it was also quite exciting to be able to present my film and explain what it meant to me. I would have liked to have been a little more prepared but I think it went well overall because I got my message across."

Connie, whose group made a film about knife crime really relished the opportunity to present their film, saying "I felt proud that only a small group of us could really get people’s attention about something so serious. So many people had questions about our thoughts on knife crime and wanted to know how we made the film"

The night rounded out with a speech from Councillor Alex Yip, Shadow Cabinet Member for Children's Wellbeing in Birmingham City Council who presented each of our participants with their certificates, followed by a buffet and reception hosted by our friends at The Mockingbird Cinema, who also kindly provided prizes for our participants offering them year long memberships, with access to free films!

Find Your Voice has been running in Birmingham for over 2 years and has worked with many young people from right across the city as well as with organisations including the

British Red Cross, The Lighthouse Aston and NCS. We have made many films and helped our participants to realise that their voices matter and their opinions are important, and we can't wait to do the same again when we run the last programme of the year! 

Please check out our other films here:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL_ea5GGKK3gAHHZEuE_ufTT2G_fs8BEcW