THE QUEEN'S PARK SUMMER PROJECT, 2020
At the start of 2020, no one in London could have foreseen the scale of disruption caused by the spread of COVID-19. As Winter ebbed into Spring, young people all over London geared up for their exams and the arrival of their summer holidays. However, as cases of COVID began rise in the capital, schools began to close and students of every age group found themselves stuck at home for the foreseeable future. A government study conducted during the pandemic found that 76% of those aged between 16 and 29 said their well-being had been negatively affected by the health crisis.
In July 2020, we met with Queen's Park Community Council to discuss the ways in which communities in West London had changed during the pandemic. Several citizens and councillors had been working tirelessly to help individuals in the area who had been affected by the crisis. Westminster Council, QPCC and Happy Lizzy Events (a local community organisation) conceived a plan to combat the neglect and growing inertia of teenagers in the area as well as a rise in youth violence. Liz (from HLEP), with the support of QPCC, designed a revolutionary summer project for young people full of activities that they actually wanted to do.
Their Story were commissioned by QPCC and HLEP to create a film about this innovative and thoughtful response to the crisis. Our aim was to create a film that captured the feelings and thoughts of the young people in the most faithful way possible whilst engaging with them in a sensitive and collaborative manner. We had a wonderful 2 weeks getting to know the teenagers and seeing them grow in confidence and skill on camera. Below, is the final piece which was screened to local audience on the 26th October 2020. Enjoy!
Their Story Production. In collaboration with QPG Hub
In March 2020, at the beginning of the national lockdown imposed in UK in response to the coronavirus outbreak, two local enterprises joined forces in West London to provide food and care to shielding residents in the area. Ida Restaurant, a long standing community spot, partnered with local sports charity QPG Hub and prepared and delivered over 5,000 during the first lockdown period. The partnership continued with minimal funding from Westminster council, however by summer, local residents began donating and the work continued. To this day, Ida and QPG have continued preparing and delivering meals to residents.
Our latest Their Story short. In December 2020, local school children from St Peters Primary school in Harrow road, West London continued their tradition of visiting residents at their local nursing home to sing carols. Undeterred by Covid, the children sang through the windows in the courtyard ❤️. Aren’t our communities beautiful?