College students produce videos to support National Carers Week

Published on 10/06/2019 by nmoo

A series of five video films highlighting the issues facing young adult carers and produced by a group of students at Blackpool and The Fylde College are being widely used to support National Carers Week, which starts next week.

This annual campaign runs from 10th to 16th June and aims to raise awareness of the vital contribution made by the UK’s 6.5 million carers and to recognise and celebrate their efforts. It is supported by a number of leading national charities that offer much-needed practical and emotional support to carers.

Produced in collaboration with the Preston-based charity N-Compass Northwest, which co-ordinates care support through Carers Hub Lancashire, the five short films will be used on social media hubs across the County and beyond. Organisations that have agreed to use them include local councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, and NHS England.

In planning the films the students first carried out research into the issues faced by young adult carers. As a result they proposed a series of short films that could be released online over the five days in national carers week.

They feature a variety of situations that are common to the roles of young adult carers and highlight issues such as physical dependancy, companionship, and the feeling of being stuck in a situation that is constant and ongoing. The final film in the series shows how the carers can seek and receive support. 

All the students involved in the project are studying towards a Level 3 Extended Diploma in Creative Media Production, one of a wide range of courses offered by Blackpool and The Fylde College covering the creative arts and digital technology industries. As well as putting together the videos for Carers Week, the students have been busy producing music videos, animations and television pilots show as part of their course work.

Mark Harris, Programme Leader in Creative Media Production at the School of Creative Arts and Digital Industries at B&FC, said that he was extremely proud of the achievements of the students.

“This is work of a very high standard,” he said. “And it serves an important purpose in our communities as it will help raise awareness of the issues facing carers of all ages, and particularly young carers, who face a variety of daily challenges and need and deserve a lot of support. These short films cover just some of those issues and help signpost the way to where that help and support can be found.”

Colin Bowman, Development Officer at N-Compass Northwest added that it had been a pleasure to work alongside the students and he praised their hard work and dedication and the quality that was delivered.

“Our management team and some of our partners have recently viewed the videos and are thrilled with them,” he says. “This comment from Bay Medical Group in North Lancashire sums it up: Just watched them all - absolutely fantastic! Great message, good content. Well done to everyone.”