My Journey, My Destination

Lancashire Youth Challenge has been working with a fantastic team of young resettled refugees in Preston since January 2021, on the development of an exciting new film.

We have been meeting each Saturday on zoom to engage in a series of participatory learning and creative education workshops designed to:

  • Encourage the celebration of individual cultural differences and our collective common humanity
  • Explore the young people’s lived experiences of migration and movement and their current sense of place

The weekly sessions have been delivered by LYC staff and supported by creative learning practitioners and the phenomenal Yemeni/Scouse poet Amina Atiq.

The team accessed a total of nine creative exploration sessions, telling, and sharing stories through the mediums of spoken word, poetry, film, and theatre; with some of the team members completing their Bronze Arts Award.

In mid-April as lockdown began to ease we were able to facilitate two outdoor challenge, trust-building days, in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales, facilitated by Phil and the Big Adventure team

This was the first time the group had physically met one another, but by the end of day one, friendships had been established and we were working together as a cohesive team.

We are now working with the amazing Han and Jane from Handstand Productions to script, storyboard, and shoot our film which captures our lived experience of migration and movement, whilst exploring the aspirations we hold for our future selves.

The My Journey, My Destination Project aims to:

  • Build friendships between resettled refugees, asylum seekers and the local community
  • Provide a safe and supportive place for the cohort of young people to learn about each other and their collective lived experiences
  • Build trust, challenge themselves and define their place in the world,
  • Identity their future ambitions
  • Develop transferable skills and a sense of self-efficacy

We aspire for the film to be presented and exhibited online and potentially at cultural sites in Preston.