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BAFTA Mentors in Scotland Support Young People to Develop their Skills

24 January 2011
BAFTA Youth Mentoring: Craig Martin of The Prince’s Trust with Hayleigh, a young beneficiary[Picture: Jenny Anderson]BAFTA/ Jenny Anderson

The RBS group supports BAFTA and Media Trust Youth Mentoring Programme into 2011with three new projects launched in Scotland.

The BAFTA and Media Trust Youth Mentoring Programme, which is supported by the RBS group and launched in Scotland in October 2010, has matched BAFTA mentors to three exciting new youth-led media projects in the Glasgow area.

The first project saw producer/director Angus Dixon working with a group of young people on a film about Fuse Youth Café Glasgow and its history. BAFTA mentor Karen O’Hare began working with six young people with Spina Bifida on a short film project for the Scottish Spina Bifida Association. Also, as part of the Glasgow Youth Film Festival on February 14th and 15th 2011, Karen O’Hare joined screenwriters Jerry Brannigan and John McShane to deliver workshops to groups of young people at the Glasgow Film Theatre, Castlemilk Youth Complex and The Arches, where mentors from Raise The Roof Productions also hosted a special production master class. As well as the new projects, the BAFTA and Media Trust Youth Mentoring Programme continued working with The Prince’s Trust and Fairbridge, both of which benefited greatly from mentoring support in 2010.

We are delighted that BAFTA has been able to support such a range of youth organisations in Glasgow.

Anne Morrison, Chair of BAFTA’s Learning & Events Committee.

In 2010, as part of The Prince’s Trust ‘Get Started In Media’ course at Glasgow Media Access Centre (GMAC), Sarah Walmsley, Creative Director of Raise The Roof Productions gave a talk to a group of young people on working in the industry. Both the course leader from GMAC and The Princes Trust youth leader commented on the extra dimension Sarah brought to the course, enabling the young people to hear directly what potential avenues could be available to them. “I was really impressed with the attitude and enthusiasm of the young people on the scheme” Sarah commented. “They were genuinely keen to learn and had all prepared for the session. Several of them have been in touch since looking for work experience, which I hope we’ll be able to help with.” And help she has, with one young person already set to spend two weeks at the production company, which is co-owned by TV presenters Kirstie Allsop and Phil Spencer (Location, Location, Location).

The support of the Youth Mentoring Programme also meant that Fairbridge, a national charity which helps young disadvantaged people gain skills needed to change their lives, was able to continue with its ‘It’s Behind You’ pantomime project in December, despite recent budget cuts. Writer/director Alan de Pellette helped 12 young people to script, perform and film the show.

BAFTA will be hosting a showcase event for all participants of the Youth Mentoring
Programme in Glasgow in March.

BAFTA partners on the Youth Mentoring Programme with Media Trust, a national communications charity that works with media organisations and charities to enhance their communications and enable communities to find their voice and make it heard.

BAFTA Youth Mentoring in Scotland Partners:

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