Film created by young people from Wigan with learning disabilities up for festival award

A film created by young people with learning disabilities and difficulties in Wigan that highlights challenges they can face moving between children’s and adult’s services has been nominated for a prestigious film award.

Moving On Film

Oakfield High School & College partnered with Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, the North West NHS improvement agency AQuA and filmmaking social enterprise People’s Voice Media to give young students an opportunity to communicate to health and care professionals about the potential difficulties.

The project enabled them to learn film making and reporting skills.

They planned, produced and edited the film themselves, interviewing each other, their parents and health care staff giving list of recommendations from their perspective as service users.

The 10 minute film called Moving On has now been shortlisted in the Future Film Maker category at the annual Haelo Film Festival in Salford which takes place next Thursday (10 November).

It features Sarah Baybutt, learning disabilities nurse, and Tamsin Crothers, specialist speech and language therapist from Bridgewater’s team in Wigan who talk about how the NHS can help young people moving on into adult life. Oakfield already provide a full support package highlighted by the young people as important to them and work closely with local health providers like Bridgewater to prepare young people and their families to ensure a successful transition between services.

Moving On was funded by AQuA as part of their work in health improvement across the NHS in the North West. It’s now being shared with other NHS organisations and can be viewed at

Colin Scales, chief executive at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“This was a great project for our staff to be involved with but the message from the young people is important as it raises the profile of the need for health practitioners to listen and understand the perspectives and needs of young people with learning disabilities and to ensure that services are as responsive as possible.

“We have a good record of doing this and making sure our services are built around people’s needs by working closely with Oakfield and other partners. We want as many people as possible – professionals and public alike – to see the film as it gives such a great understanding of the challenges that these young people can face as they move into adult life.”

The annual Haelo awards celebrate filmmaking that helps share best practice and connectivity. Some of the young people and parents who contributed will hopefully be attending the awards at the Lowry Theatre on the night to see their production on the big screen.

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