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Real Time Video: What’s going on in your local community?

Based on South Street, Reading, Real Time is one of the most established and successful participatory media organisations in the UK. 

They have an international reputation for participatory video and digital media, of which is used as a tool to inspire an engage with hard-to-reach and marginalised groups 

In the coming months, Real Time are partnering with StoryDec, a major European storytelling project, which aims to respond to the needs of youth participation and youth exclusion through using autobiographical methodologies.

Utilising the tool ‘StoryAp’, Real Time are encouraging young people, between the ages of 16 and 30, to send in their stories, either through video, audio or photo narration, with the end goal of sharing their experiences with social and personal change. 

To learn more about the projects Real Time are currently partnered with, I interviewed Creative Director and founder of the charity, Clive Robertson, and Trustee David Wall.  

Clive explained: “Therare a number of ways students can get involved and we are always looking for individuals with a passion for digital storytelling.” 

Real time runs a video production project for people recovering from mental ill health, Open Mind, which runs every Tuesday evening at The Rising Sun Arts Centre in town.”  

David addedOur short film cinema night at The Rising Sun Arts Centre promotes local film makers by showing their work in an informal setting. Students are welcome to send in their short films which will be showcased on April 17th at the next screening.” 

Clive and David emphasised: “Students who would like to take part are not required to have any specific film making skillsit is more important that they are interested in making a difference locally. 

To find out more visit info@real-time.org.uk 

About Alex Winfield

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