Film workshops for young people with Vision4Dreams
Founder of Vision4Dreams Productions, a Warrington-based film and
media company will be hosting a series of 7 film-making workshops
for a number of young people in Liverpool. Working in partnership
with Aimhigher and Refugee Action, Moreno is hoping that the
sessions will provide the young people with the skills and
confidence they need to feel comfortable seeking further education
and employment within the industry.
The 8 young people involved in the programme have come to Liverpool
as refugees from disadvantaged places all over Africa and South Asia
and have found the transition to their new lives a difficult one.
Breaking down barriers such as language and culture can be a
challenge but Moreno aims to help the young people through this
difficult time and empower them through the medium of filmmaking.
Acacio Moreno, Founder of Vision4Dreams Productions said:-
“Over the course of the 7 sessions the young people will learn the
entire process of film-making, from creative planning sessions and
script writing to camera work and final cut editing. The experience
and film portfolio that the young people will take with them after
the sessions will provide them with a step up when applying for
college courses and even employment in the future."
Alex Lancaster, Equality & Inclusion Manager, Aimhigher Greater
Merseyside said:- “This is a really important and exciting
project for Aimhigher as we will be working with a group of young
people at Refugee Action who face numerous barriers to progression
to higher education and lack sufficient knowledge of the education
and employment system in the UK. The young people will be able to look at their own skills and
strengths during the film project and will share their journey on
film as they discover more about education and their potential
career choices. The project will inspire these young people and give
them the skills and confidence to explore their options in education
and employment as well as enabling them to make more informed
choices about their future.”
The culmination of the group’s hard work will be a film screening at
FACT in Liverpool in August.
Sarah Bevan-Fischer, Head of North West Enterprise for Enterprise
UK, the nation’s enterprise charity said:- “Not only does
Acacio work towards creating a better future for young people in our
communities. He also works hard to promote enterprise and inspire
people all over the Northwest.
Acacio is an incredible mentor for
these young people and we are proud to have his support as a
Northwest Enterprise Ambassador.”
Trust support Police anti-violence campaign
Premiership referee Chris Foy is backing Southport Hospital Accident
& Emergency department's "Give domestic abuse the 'Red Card'"
program. Research has shown that incidents of domestic abuse
increase during sporting events and Merseyside Police expect that
the current world cup will unfortunately follow this trend. The
accident & emergency department can be at the forefront of such
situations as it has to deal with the aftermath and we have turned
to Merseyside Police for their support by paying for a police
presence in the A&E department on the days of the England matches.
VISITORS FLOCK TO OLD DOCK
MORE than 1,000
visitors have toured Liverpool’s revolutionary Old Dock just one
month after opening as the city’s latest historic attraction.
They have been able to soak in the atmosphere of the world’s first
commercial enclosed wet dock which was the birthplace of modern
Liverpool. Ships from many parts of the world tied up at the
quayside following the dock’s opening in 1715.
Free ticketed tours for schools and members of the public started
from Merseyside Maritime Museum on 4 May 2010. Visiting schools
receive a free Old Dock resource pack of lesson plans and activity
ideas. 3 public tours are held every Tuesday at 1100, 1300 and
1430 hours with school tours on Wednesdays. The Tuesday tours are
now fully booked until September. During the summer holidays
there are public tours at 1100 and 1300 hours on Wednesdays 4, 11,
18 and 25 August 2010. These are rapidly filling up.
Visitor host Yazz Vanducci says:- ”The tours have been a big
hit with visitors fascinated by the dock and its history. There’s a
great wow factor when they see this unique survival of old
Chris Bliss, Liverpool ONE’s estate director, says:-
“Grosvenor incorporated the Old Dock into the design of Liverpool
ONE and developed the visitor facility being run by National Museums
Liverpool. We are delighted with the public response to the tours.”
The internationally-important Old Dock has been carefully preserved
under the new Liverpool ONE. For the first time in centuries the bed
of the Pool – the creek that gave Liverpool its name - can be seen.
The Old Dock was discovered during excavations in 2001 after being
buried since 1826. Developers made it publicly accessible as an
important reminder of Liverpool’s historic status.
Guided tours organised by National Museums Liverpool start at the
Merseyside Maritime Museum and visitors walk to the nearby Old Dock.
Schools and members of the public can book places, which are
limited, by calling 0151 478 4296. Visitors are taken back in
time as they see a large portion of the Old Dock rising more than 20
feet from the bed of the Pool which is clearly visible. The
impressive walls are made from hand-made bricks. A modern
bridge and walkways give grandstand views. There is a bricked-up
ancient tunnel in the dock wall. This is believed to be hundreds of
years older than the Old Dock and may have linked Liverpool Castle
with the Pool.
When built, the Old Dock was a huge risk but it paid off handsomely,
paving the way to many decades of dock expansion on both sides of
the river. It was one of Liverpool’s greatest contributions to
progress in world trade and commerce. The impact of this
radical structure was immense and London, Bristol and Chester lost
significant amounts of trade throughout the 18th century as a
The Old Dock was constructed at the mouth of the Pool which had been
at the heart of the town’s successes but, with increasing numbers of
ships using the port, it was struggling to cope. In 1708 the
merchants who controlled Liverpool Corporation employed Thomas
Steers, one of Britain’s leading canal engineers, to find a
solution. He converted the mouth of the Pool into a dock
with quaysides and a river gate. It was now possible for ships to
load and unload whatever the state of the tide – a revolutionary
The dock was technically very difficult to build and cost £12,000,
double its original estimate. The Corporation was nearly bankrupted
but its success encouraged further rapid increases in overseas trade
Among the first to praise the dock was Daniel Defoe, author of many
best sellers including Robinson Crusoe, who wrote in 1715:-
“This is of so great a benefit and its like is not to be seen
anywhere in England”.
Merseyside Maritime Museum Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ Admission
Open 10am to 5pm every day Information:- 0151 478 4499
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