is my home
is my home’ graffiti was the opening shot on the video made
by young people from Ellesmere and Carwood last summer.
The video, managed
by Ellesmere Youth Project (EYP) and Connexions, showed local young
people asking each other questions like ‘what’s it like
living in Carwood?’, ‘what can be done to make it a
better cleaner place to live and play?’ It took a lot of courage
for the young people (especially the older ones) to sit down and
be filmed. They talked about their feelings about respect and responsibility
as well as their environment, rubbish and vandalism.
The video showed
that local kids wanted to be listened to rather than have masses
of money spent on them. Burngreave Area Panel is now listening,
and is keen to help future projects.
Last year Carwood
dealt with much unrest but now seems to be improving. The video
shows there is another side to the young people and it’s not
EYP have offices
in Pitsmoor Methodist Church, with two part-time workers and a group
of committed volunteers, although they spend most of their time
working with youth around Ellesmere. To join the volunteers, contact
Philip Hoppner on 275 5260