A six month long photography & video project involved 40 young people, aged 8 to 17 years, from St Margaret’s of Antioch Primary School, Toxteth, The Unity Youth Club, Granby, Shorefield Community Secondary School, Dingle & 468 Youth Centre, Dingle.
The project was part of the INclude Young Voices programme, a partnership between Groundwork St Helens, Knowsley, Sefton & Liverpool, Save the Children & CDS Housing.
The groups documented their communities using photography & video, highlighting the physical and social issues of the areas they live in. Literally getting behind the cameras themselves, they lead on the directing process & created the films & photographs for the exhibition. The young people highlighted four key local issues: housing, the environment, leisure activities & services, & community safety, which they would like to see improved in their area.
The exhibition not only showcased their work but more importantly acted as a vehicle to promote their recommendations for change to key policy decision makers in the INclude area.
Alice Demba, Save the Children Development Officer commented:- “Young people have such valuable insight on local issues which affect them directly & can make a very positive contribution to the regeneration of the areas in which they live. Their views are important and should be heard by the key decision-makers involved in the regeneration of their communities. We are very pleased that the Lord Mayor, Frank Roderick, is opening the exhibition. The young people will have an opportunity to speak directly to, and illustrate their suggestions through the exhibition to City Councillors, representatives from the Youth Service & Environmental Services & Gerard Murden from INclude Neighbourhood Regeneration Ltd.”
The exhibition was held at the Kuumba Imani Centre, Princes Road, Toxteth, Liverpool.