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Video workshops for neurodiverse young people a virtual success

19 October 2020

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I have today led two virtual workshops on creating digital video, attended by neurodivergent young people and supported by charity Starling.

As an organisation, Starling uses creativity and the arts to enrich the lives of young people with neurological conditions, which include autism and ADHD, amongst others.

The sessions, broadcast across the North West via Zoom, saw diverse young people tune in to hear my career story before learning about the basics of creating short-form video. They then spent 20 minutes developing their own work using video app Splice.

Katie Charlton, who founded Starling, says "the workshops are important as many neurodivergent young people are very socially isolated and are unable to find places they can fit in and be their authentic, wonderful selves. We hope to provide that space with our friendly and relaxed sessions."

It was a real honour to be given the opportunity to inspire neurodiverse young people. I remember when I was young talking to anyone in the media would provide such a confidence boost. What is critical now is that the creative industries accommodate those who work and think in different ways.

You can find out more about Starling’s work by clicking here.

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