Helpers are movie stars acclaim

Youngsters taking part in the VODA-backed film project which has recently won acclaim from the British Council.

Youngsters taking part in the VODA-backed film project which has recently won acclaim from the British Council.

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A YOUTH project run to put young people from all over Europe in the picture, about the potential of film to change their lives, has been praised by the British Council.

The Lights, Camera, European Action initiative was held in October by North Tyneside Voluntary Organisations Development Agency (VODA) to promote the use of movie-making as a way for youngsters to express themselves.

Delegates from Italy, Turkey, Lithuania, Romania and Bulgaria flew into the borough to pick up tips from VODA staff and volunteers.

Such was the success of the initiative that the British Council, the government’s international cultural relations network, is now using it as a case study of good practice.

During their stay here, the delegates produced several short films and were given the chance to interact with local young people at a film event at the YMCA in North Shields.

The skills they learned in North Tyneside were passed onto young people back in their homelands.

VODA volunteer centre manager Robin Fry said: “We are really pleased that the British Council has developed this case study and hope it inspires other organisations.”