Young people put the focus on rural life

En route to France: Lauren Cloke and William Love (front) with some of the GROW South Antrim group.
En route to France: Lauren Cloke and William Love (front) with some of the GROW South Antrim group.

Two teenagers from Newtownabbey were among a group of 11 young people from South Antrim who took part in a trip to France last week to learn all about video production and filming.

William Love and Lauren Cloke were part of a group from rural parts of Carrickfergus, Antrim and Newtownabbey who travelled to Sisteron in south east France to broaden their horizons and meet other young Europeans involved in the Rural Development Programme.

The theme of the GROW-funded workshop was videography, and the group were hard at work honing their documentary and production skills against the beautiful backdrop of the Alps. But it wasn’t all editing and filming using different media; they had some time to enjoy the local scenery and get to know their French, Finnish and Estonian counterparts. The workshop was designed to enable the young people to get to know their rural European neighbours and get involved in future rural development projects. The visit saw the local young people gain experience in videography from French young people, as they created a short film as a final piece of work showcased at a gala premiere on the final day of the visit. Their film will be used as a learning tool and shared with local youth organisations and young people across Northern Ireland.

Another group of 10 young people will be visiting Finland in August for a nature and photography workshop, as well as some canoeing, hiking and camping.

Next year GROW will be looking for more 14-17 year olds from rural areas of the borough to visit Estonia to take part in a dance and local culture workshop.