Arson video earns young people in Fenland an award

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Young people are being honoured for making a short documentary on the dangers of arson in an awards ceremony hosted by children’s TV presenter Anna Willliamson.

The Fenland team, delivered in partnership with Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service and Cambridgeshire Police, created a short film to raise community awareness after raising more than £800 to buy equipment to shoot the film.

Steve Lucas, the group’s team leader, said: “Seeing how some of these young people have progressed makes you realise that a lot of the time all they need is a chance to show what they can do.

“They’ve all certainly done that and we now have a really valuable resource as a result.

“The 13 team members have seen their situations dramatically improve, and all are either now in employment, volunteering or have gained a place at college.”

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During film making they learnt a range of new technical skills like how to operate a camera and sound equipment, as well as planning, leadership and communication.

The Prince’s Trust and Samsung teamed up to organise the awards which recognise the achievements of young people across the East of England who have succeeded against the odds, improved their chances in life and had a positive impact on their local community by passing a 12-week personal development course.

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The awards are touring the country in November and December with celebratory ceremonies taking place in each region.

The East of England ceremony is on November 11.

Since 2012, Samsung has supported The Prince’s Trust to enhance the lives of young people.

As the partnership moves into its fourth year, they are working closely to introduce technology initiatives by setting up digital classrooms.

The Prince’s Trust gives young people the skills and confidence to find a job.

Figures show that three in four young people move into work, training or education.

The trust supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion.

Many of the young people helped are in or leaving care, facing issues like homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law.

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