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OVer 20 Young People Take Part In Our Homeless Project Film Day


On the 27th October over twenty young people took part in a film day as part of Healthwatch BwD’s Homeless Project. Amplify Champions at Darwen Aldridge Enterprise Studio watched ‘Cathy Come Home’ in the afternoon while in the evening nine young people from Nightsafe & Blackburn Youth Zone went on a trip to Manchester to watch ‘I Daniel Blake’ at HOME. The films will help facilitate discussion with young people about the issues affecting them & those experiencing homelessness. 


Staff from Nightsafe were keen to provide feedback on the engagement activity,


‘Usually in order to obtain feedback we have to sit the young people down and ask them for their thoughts and feelings. It is sometimes a long drawn out process as young people don't always have the confidence or vocabulary to fully express how they feel about something. There have been no such problems regarding the cinema trip.’


Young people had the following to say,


‘That film was really good wasn't it? Thank you for asking me. I didn't think I was going to like it but I did. It was really sad when the man died. If you go on another (trip) can I come?’


‘The staff from the Job Centre need to go and see that film. Then they would understand how they make us feel. I normally think those types of films are boring but this one wasn't.’


Ben Pearson, Interim Chief Officer said,


‘The day was a huge success. Using film as a way to get young people talking proved popular & helped us build up positive relationships with the young people involved. We can use some of the themes from the films to initiate discussion & then move conversation onto local Health & Social Care provision, this can then feed into our homeless project & art activity with young people’


Healthwatch BwD continue to engage with young people at Nightsafe on a weekly basis through interactive art activity, their Homeless Project continues until March 2017. So far they have spoken to over 130 people.



For more details of Blackburn with Darwens Homeless Project or the Amplify Project with young people please contact 01254 504985 or info@healthwatchbwd.co.uk