Hello from Richmond Cut Films!

 

Did you know that Richmond upon Thames has one of the highest rates of children and young people partaking in risky or unhealthy behaviours such as smoking, drinking and taking drugs? For example, the prevalence of 15 year olds smoking is 14.3%, which is over twice the London average (6.1%) and about 36% of 15 year-olds in Richmond have tried smoking, this is the highest rate in England[1]. Cut Films Richmond is working towards ending this local trend.

 
We’re working across primary and secondary school, colleges and youth clubs in the area to engage young people in their own local Cut Films competition. So far we’re working with East Sheen Primary School, Bishop Perrin Primary, Richmond Park Academy, Richmond upon Thames College, Buckingham Primary School, Chase Bridge, Achieving for Youth Ham, Achieving for Youth Whitton, MTV Youth, SPEAR and Castelnau Community Centre.  We will be engaging over 500 young people locally on the issue of smoking, and create about 40 films on the subject.

 

The local awards ceremony is set for 8 June at the Richmond Odeon and we’re looking forward to celebrating all those young people who are taking a stand against tobacco companies!

 

We’ve had some fantastic ideas so far, from discussing the influence of social media on smoking to how smoking affects your looks. The variety of topics is fantastic and the passion that the young people are having towards the project is inspiring.                                                        Filming at East Sheen Primary School

 

If your school or youth club is interested in the project, please get in touch with Stacey at Stacey@cutfilms.org.