Exposure’s ‘Message to Sweet Pea’ is a message to everyone about the plight of many isolated young Londoners
“You’d be forgiven for thinking that the elderly are the only group severely afflicted by loneliness.” says Exposure journalist, Arjan Arenas, 17. But sadly, it’s the young who feel it most.
According to a recent research (https://www.acevo.org.uk/ne...
...) by ACEVO (Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations) nearly half of young people in the UK often feel lonely, compared to only a quarter of over 65s. Young Londoners are twice as likely to feel lonely as their peers in other parts of the UK.
With funding from John Lyon’s Charity, Exposure worked with students from Barnet & Southgate College, The Compton School and Woodhouse College, over three months, to develop concepts, characters and scenarios and workshop a script to get their message across.
The young volunteers then worked behind the camera and in front of it to produce a powerful, five-minute short highlighting the effects of social isolation on young Londoners.
In particular, the film explores the pivotal role social media plays, with virtual connection replacing real life human interaction, as well as the increasing pressures young people are under, trying to meet what many feel are society’s impossible demands.
“The young people were amazing, full of ideas, energy, and a passion to get their voices heard. We’re really pleased with the finished product,” enthused Fran O’Connell, project manager and producer. “We hope the film will raise awareness and get more people thinking about how we tackle youth loneliness.”
Exposure’s young people have also been busy producing accompanying articles and poems to draw attention to loneliness for publication on the Exposure website.