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Big screen for Keighley Big Local

KEIGHLEY people have told their stories for a new film to be seen by community leaders nationally.

Steven Rudder, maker of This Is Ours, interviewed townspeople involved in the Keighley Big Local regeneration programme.

He wanted to tell separate stories about three community projects, that each illustrated how local people had come together to take the lead on tackling the local challenge.

He filmed a key member of the community explaining what the challenge was, such as anti-social behaviour by local youths, then showed a solution such as young people taking part in activities at a local committee centre.

His aim was to demonstrate how powerful residents can be in supporting shaping their communities.

Mr Rudder said another aspect of the film was to reveal the thoughts of a range of people about other challenges facing their communities, and how they felt about the future.

He interviewed Keighley Big Local Partnership member Fiona Thompson, the council’s one officer for Keighley East Susan Gledhill, and Shakeel from the Star Youth Project on Dalton Lane.

Shaun O’Hare, the Keighley Big Local support worker, said: “The film is one element of a big piece of national research into the future resilience of ‘community’.

“The film gave those people active within Keighley’s many communities the opportunity to share their knowledge and insight about the places they know.”

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