By MADE in HESTON WEST
Last summer Heston West Big Local’s MADE in HESTON WEST Youth Film Production Club teamed up with London Borough of Hounslow’s Community Partnership Unit team to develop the "Hard to Reach" documentary. We engaged with young people across the borough to hear their views and to have their voice heard by the leaders and staff of Hounslow but also our residents.
Our team of young volunteers asked these three questions:
• What are your hopes?
• What are your fears?
• What would you like to tell the leader of the council?
On Friday 21st February 2020, we were invited by London Borough of Hounslow to the launch of our documentary at Hounslow House. We were joined by several councillors including, Steve Curran (Leader of the Council), Lily Bath (Heston West Ward and Deputy Leader), Katherine Dunne (Communities and Climate Emergency), Guy Lambert (Highways, Recycling and Companies) and Hanif Khan (Transport and Corporate Property). The Mayor of Hounslow, Tony Louki and Feltham and Heston MP Seema Malhotra were also in attendance.
Big Local Youth volunteer and Film Club member Serena Lola delivered a short speech about the documentary project which was followed by the official screening and then a panel discussion with Youth Board Rep, Layba Nisar and Taz Virdee. The film was well received by the council leaders and they have agreed to take action on the suggestions of the young people in our borough. Overall, it was a positive experience for our Big Local volunteers and participants and we are extremely proud to have been given this opportunity to make this film with the London Borough of Hounslow.
We would like to thank all the incredible young people involved with this film, we appreciate and value your time and support. We hope you like our film and please feel free to contact us with any questions about the film, we would love to hear from you.
If you would like to get involved with our MADE in HESTON WEST Youth Film-making Production Team, please click here for more information.