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Young people with learning disabilities and difficulties in Wigan have created a video that that highlights the challenges they can face moving between children’s and adult’s services.

They now want to share it across the health and social care sector.

Oakfield High School & College partnered with Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, AQuA and filmmaking social enterprise People’s Voice Media to give young students an opportunity to communicate to health and care professionals about the potential difficulties.

The project enabled them to learn film making and reporting skills so they planned, produced and edited the film themselves, interviewing each other, their parents and health care staff and giving a list of recommendations from their perspective as service users.

The 10-minute film is called Moving On and has now been shortlisted in the Future Film Maker category at the annual Haelo Film Festival in Salford.

You can now view Moving On at https://communityreporter.net/story/moving-0.

Colin Scales, chief executive at Bridgewater said: “This was a great fun project for our staff to be involved with but the message is so important as it raises the profile of the need for health practitioners to listen and understand their perspectives and needs to ensure services are as responsive as possible. We want as many people as possible to see the film as it gives such a great understanding of the challenges that young people with learning disabilities and difficulties can face as they move into adult life.”

About the Author:

Chris Horner
Strategic communications consultant at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

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