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Bower Park Academy helps to create mental health video for charity WYO workshops

PUBLISHED: 13:30 16 February 2017 | UPDATED: 13:30 16 February 2017

Bower Park Academy pupils helped to create a video which will be shown at mental health workshops up and down the country. Picture: Bower Park Academy

Bower Park Academy pupils helped to create a video which will be shown at mental health workshops up and down the country. Picture: Bower Park Academy

Bower Park Academy

Children have taken centre stage as part of a video which will be used for mental health workshops across the country.

Young people’s charity the World Youth Organisation enlisted the help of pupils at Bower Park Academy, Havering Road, Collier Row, to help put together and star in a film for its new WYO Educate workshops.

Chief executive Kieran Goodwin, 18, of Southend Road, Hornchurch, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed myself spending time with Bower Park students.

“They were incredibly professional despite the long hours on set and cold weather.

“The team and I filmed across London, including the Millennium Bridge and shot numerous scenes at Bower Park Academy.

“Our video will highlight important issues surrounding mental health in a cinematic way.”

WYO Educate, part of the World Youth Organisation, is a workshop based initiative to push forward important subjects so that more young people are educated on other areas, rather than just core topics that they are taught at school.

Each session taking place throughout the country, will focus on one of four topics: mental health, sex education, politics and careers.

The short video features several pupils highlighting issues of mental health which will be played to Year 10 and 11 students when WYO representatives visit the schools.

Kieran said: “All of our actors and actresses did a brilliant job on their first day of shooting despite the cold weather.”

WYO celebrated its first anniversary last month where Kieran, a former Abbs Cross Academy student, welcomed guests to 100 Parliament Street where they enjoyed drinks and canapes while looking back at the charity’s achievements so far.

It’s first ambassador, TV presenter and nutritionist Gillian McKeith, as well as members of staff and pupils from Bower Park Academy were invited for the event.

Kieran will be opening up a charity shop in South Street, Romford, selling WYO merchandise, offering work experience to young people and acting as the charity’s new headquarters upstairs.

The video will go live on the charity’s website for everyone to watch in March.

Assistant headteacher Eddie Aylett said: “Mental health and the education for students regarding mental health is vital.

“We are again extremely proud to be part of the WYO and the opportunities that the WYO give our students.”

For more information on the charity visit wyo.org.uk

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