The activmobs project in Betteshanger, locally titled ABC (Active Betteshanger Community), began with a request from a local county councillor to the Kent Public Health Department about encouraging more healthy living in the village of Betteshanger (a former mining area of Kent).
An organisation associated with activ.mobs, Dynamic Therapy, was commissioned to survey the local community and establish what activities they would like to take part in and identify any obstacles to their involvement.
The main community asset, the local community centre, was also underused and not viewed positively by parts of the local community. One of the objectives of the programme was to establish whether the community centre could become a better facility for the surrounding area.
During a series of meetings and workshops with people from the Betteshanger community, it was decided that a Participatory Film project was set up to give Betteshanger’s younger population an opportunity to get their views about their community heard at a Community Forum.
Billy, Heidi, Jack and Luke from Betteshanger, the film crew, worked for two days on the film. A big thanks to Peter, Alisha, Candice, Jo, Liz, Megan and the ballroom dancers for taking part in the film!
Hannah Parathian from Insight, Emma Barrett from SILK and Geoff Maile from the Kent Graduate Programme, facilitated activities over 2 days which enabled the young people to learn how to use the equipment and make a film.
A PDF report of the project is available for download: