I hope you are all keeping well at this time.
It is great to be writing this blog at a time when schools are fully back although we know that tough times lie ahead as we face the continuing challenges brought about by the COVID 19 pandemic.
Our team at Eastside have been working extremely hard over the last 6 months to complete as many of our live projects as possible, whilst transforming our programme delivery style to ensure that we are still able to offer inspirational activities that creatively develop thousands of young people across the country going forwards.
With that in mind, we are excited to be launching a series of twelve free interactive Creative Videos for Schools which tackle two big issues that have been at the forefront of our minds during the lockdown period – namely Black Lives Matter and the Wellbeing of our young people.
Both issues have taken on huge significance in light of recent troubling global events. Here’s a taster of what to expect from the videos.
The brilliant thing is that these videos can be accessed by teachers and students whether they are in school or shielding at home, so no-one should be left out.
Our vision is that every school across the country will have access to these free videos and will use them to open up value-creating opportunities for dialogue and creative activities with all students helping them become part of a brighter future. Please follow the link and sign up for unlimited access for your school. Remember, if you would like your own workshop leader to deliver a workshop just for your school you can find out more here – we are able to deliver in person or online if you prefer.
Furthermore, we are delighted to announce the beginning of this year’s COVID secure BFI Film Academy. Thank you to all the talented young people who have applied. Our Females in Film Mentoring programme is still open for applications until 5pm Friday 25th September, so, if you or someone you know, is an 18-25-year-old womxn looking to develop a film or script idea then this is the course for you. Read about an alumni’s personal experience here.
Finally, we are celebrating a decade of wonderful service from James Peterson, our chair, who has now handed the baton on to Terry Corby his successor. Read James’s farewell message here.
We are deeply indebted to James for his incredible leadership, support and compassion over the years and are pleased that he will remain with us on our Fundraising Committee. We look forward to introducing our new chair Terry more fully in a future blog.
We also bid farewell to Liana Wyatt, our school’s engagement coordinator, who has been accepted onto a teacher training programme. Congratulations Liana and we know you will inspire the unlimited potential of your future students.
Looking forward to seeing you all soon,