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25th May, 2022

Digital media students raise awareness of new Stratford youth centre

A NEWS broadcast aimed at young people was the challenge set for digital media production students at Stratford College.

The college collaborated with a new local youth centre in the town’s Bell Court for the TV project.

Students Victoria Humphries, Jess Left and Rocco Mareri decided to focus on things young people can do in the town.

It was something that the group felt passionately about.

Victoria commented: “Stratford does cater a lot to older people, so we want to bring attention to what is on offer to young people and their parents. We also hope that it will highlight there is more to do to engage young people so local councillors will see things need to be built up.”

The youth centre – aimed at 13 to 18 year olds – runs from the old H&M building in Bell Court. It opened at the end of November and operates every Thursday night from 3.30 until 7pm.

Youth worker Sarah Cowley-Catchpole was delighted by the students report on the centre .She said: “It has already had an amazing effect. From their posting on social media we have already seen conversations starting with young people which is great! Our aim is to consult with young people and give them a voice.

“As well as being a Youth Centre, we really want to have a creative community hub for everyone that is managed by young people. We would love to see performances and art exhibitions here so we hope the work with the Digital Media Production students will lead to that!”

Lecturer Sophie Jolly added: “We are always looking for different experiences for our students; for new partnerships and opportunities to work collaboratively. It is great to build local links and to have something so focused on young people.”

Visit www.escapearts.org.uk for more information on the youth centre.

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