Positive about Possilpark Film Premiere
YOUNG PEOPLE in North Glasgow have made a short film about living and working in Possilpark. The film is part of a series of projects under the Dreamscheme initiative, the first in Scotland, which aims to inspire and enable young people to make a difference in their community.
Dreamscheme organises work projects for young people and rewards them with points which are spent on trips and sporting activities of their choice.
North Glasgow Housing Association and Young People Futures have been working in partnership over the past year and through Dreamscheme young people have been engaging with tenants in sheltered housing complexes, making scones, being creative and running art workshops. They've painted murals in Saracen St and in the grounds of the community centre, transformed a garden into a vegetable plot and even had time to get involved in a Save the Bees project.
Ann Lawrance of Young People Futures said: North Glasgow Housing Association asked us to make a short film about people's perceptions of Saracen Street. The young people asked local shopkeepers and others who work in the area questions like "what's good about working in Possilpark", "did they like working here" and "what changes, if any, would they like to see"
Robert Tamburrini, Chief Executive of film funders North Glasgow Housing Association said:
"As one of the major housing providers in the area we are pleased to support Young People Futures and contribute to the development of the Dreamscheme programme. It's really important to hear feedback from people who live and work in Saracen Street. "The people interviewed in the film were really positive and you can see they enjoy working in the area. Possilpark is a strong community and this comes across in the film.
The "world" premiere of the film took place this week at the "Space" in Saracen Street, Glasgow. The young people who made the film enjoyed the process so much that they are now thinking about a career in media.
Morgan McGeough and Aimee Darling who conducted interviews in the film both agree: "We think Possilpark gets a negative press and we feel people look at us in a different way to others when we say where we are from. We want people to see that Possilpark is not as bad as people say it is and that's why we made this film".
MSP for Springburn and Maryhill Patricia Ferguson also attended the screening, she said:
"This project has enabled young people to become more confident on how they engage with others as well as learning new skills in filming, interviewing and the processes that are involved in producing. The questions the young people asked in the film were thought provoking ones and I'm sure the film will generate much debate"