Young people in Spennymoor have worked with older members of the community to produce a film which seeks to bridge the gap between the generations.
The young people, driven by members of the town’s youth club, whose supporters include St David’s Church in Spennymoor, produced the film in a £5,000 venture funded by the Area Action Partnership, the town council, local housing organisation Livin, plus other contributions.
The youth group is an outreach project that helps young people in the area and although non-religious is backed by the church, which allows it to use the church hall. It can attract
40-45 young people on a Friday night.
The film, which emphasises the contribution that young people can make to community life, was premiered at the church hall to an audience of church-goers, community representatives, youth club members and local dignitaries.
Debbie Mahaffey, one of those involved, said: “We looked at issues affecting our young people, and bridging the gap between the young and older generations was one of the things that was mentioned.
“This project is a good way of showing the older people that our young people are something to be proud of and that they are not as different as they think they are. It is about building relationships.”
Among those also involved were youth club member Ryan Chart, Spennymoor’s Youth Mayor and producer of the film, and scriptwriter Peter Thomas, who is also a youth club member. Ryan said: “It is a good film. It has been enjoyable to do.”
Vicar the Revd Gary Norman said the club was important because it helped give local young people something to do on a Friday night.
He said: “We support the youth club because this is a way of reaching out to young people in the area and offering them opportunities and new skills.”