Back in January, the Mustr Watford team ventured out to Wormley and Turnford (W&T) in Broxbourne. The objective – to deliver a series of film and media workshops, to a group of students and help them to create a short documentary about the threat of closure to their local community centre.

Delivered on behalf of W&T Big Local, the workshops helped participants build new skills, learn how to use a camera, understand digital sound, improve their creative writing skills, and learn how to weave it all together through a great story.

Michal Siewniak, Community Development Manager for W&T Big Local said: “The aim of the project was to increase youth engagement and build a platform for community activism. By learning all the amazing new skills the project helped to identify key local priorities for young people. A few weeks ago the final workshop was delivered and all project participants had the opportunity to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses, and how the initiative could be taken forward.

“To commemorate the completion of the course each participant received an official certificate, as well as a set of business cards each, signaling their graduation to amateur filmmakers – a little touch that made a big difference.”

Over the course of the workshops, the group shot and collected footage for their film ‘The Brace Position’ which premiered at a special event on April 5 at the Wormley Free Church. The event also included a Q&A with the students and was attended by the Mayor of Broxbourne, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire and the MP for Broxbourne.

For more information, or to find out about running a workshop get in touch today on [email protected].