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Short film shines spotlight on immense contribution of young people in tackling pandemic

News release from 08/02/2021

CAMBRIDGE City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council have produced a thought-provoking short film for young people, which acknowledges the sacrifices they have made during the pandemic, and asks them to stand firm to help beat the virus. 

The four minute film, ‘Part of the Solution’, was made in Cambridge using young actors and is aimed at older teenagers in schools and sixth form colleges.  

It explores the impact of lockdown restrictions from the perspective of a young person and how the community still needs to stand together to follow guidelines to bring coronavirus under control, so more normal life can eventually be resumed. 

The film will be made available to schools and colleges across Cambridgeshire along with a toolkit of educational resources devised in association with teachers. The aim is to provoke discussion about young people’s response to the pandemic so far, and how important it is that young people continue to do what they can to help reduce its effects. Shorter versions of the film will also be posted on social media. 

Watch ‘Part of the Solution’ online at http://www.alteregocreativesolutions.co.uk/part-of-the-solution-cambs/

The two councils worked on the film with production company Alter Ego Creative Solutions, who had previously worked on productions for young people with the city council, including on hard-hitting themes such as online grooming. 

The script for the film was developed in discussion with young Cambridge people, following a series of workshops.

Cllr Anna Smith, Executive Councillor for Communities at Cambridge City Council, said: “The pandemic has been very difficult in so many ways for our young people. They have faced disruption, isolation, loss, and fear for the future. And at the same time they have often been the made the scapegoat for rising cases. 

“The part our young people have played in tackling the virus by observing guidelines and making sacrifices should never be underestimated. This moving film recognises our young people and is a way of thanking them, whilst also acting as a reminder to all of us that we need to stick together to beat coronavirus.” 

Councillor Simon Bywater, Chairman of Cambridgeshire County Council's Children and Young People's Committee said: “Many of our young people are feeling lost and confused about the ever-changing messages and rules, so we identified the need to create this simple video that’s not only relatable but shows how we can all play a part to keep safe.  

“There is light at the end of the tunnel, and I am confident that our resilient and determined young people will continue to face this challenge head on to protect themselves, their friends and their families from the virus. There is no doubt that by pulling together we can all look back and say, ‘I was part of the solution.’”