1 YP prog groupOn Saturday 2 April, award-winning arts charity Create will deliver an exclusive one-day filmmaking workshop Through Our Eyes with individuals affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) and their siblings.

The workshop will take place at an information and support day for individuals and families affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy Type 2 or Type 3 led by Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK at Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford Upon Avon.

Through Our Eyes will enable the participants to work collaboratively to develop filmmaking skills under the expert guidance of Create’s professional filmmaker Lesley Pinder. With fifteen years’ experience of working as a Writer, Director, and Script Supervisor in the film and television industry, Lesley will share her expertise with the young people, guiding them through techniques in storyboarding and performance. The workshop will foster new friendships and the sharing of experiences, ideas, and support through creativity, all in an environment where the participants can relax and have fun. Through this collective exchanging of creative ideas, the group will produce their own short films to be screened for friends and family at the end of the session.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy is a rare genetically inherited neuro-muscular condition. Studies show that approximately one in every 6,000-10,000 babies are born with the condition. SMA may affect crawling and walking ability, arm, hand, head and neck movement, breathing and swallowing. Effects such as these can lead to a lack of access to leisure and play opportunities for young people with disabilities. Create aims to facilitate workshops where more of these opportunities can be explored and engaged with. Projects like Through Our Eyes provide young disabled people with arts sessions in which they can present and share creative ideas, developing new skills and relationships in the process.

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Co-Founder and Chief Executive of Create, Nicky Goulder, commented:

“It has been really positive working with SMA Support UK to develop a project that we will run as part of their information and support day. Due to the physical effects of SMA, those with the condition can miss out on creative opportunities. Through Our Eyes is a chance  for those with SMA and their siblings to come together, socialise and share their experiences. We hope our filmmaking workshops will be a particularly fun part of the day’s schedule. Engaging in creative arts is a great way of bonding with others, so I can’t wait to see the ideas that have been exchanged and built upon within the short films. I hope people come away from the sessions having developed new relationships and learned a little more, whether that’s about themselves, others or the filmmaking process!”

A spokesperson from SMA Support UK said:

“More than 200 children, young people, parents and adults are travelling from across the UK to be at this event.  SMA is a rare condition, which makes getting together and sharing experiences a real challenge.  We are delighted to be working with Create to provide a filmmaking workshop for this group of intelligent, creative and talented young people, who have lots to say.  We look forward to them sharing their experiences of the day and to seeing, through their eyes, their stories on film.”

 Through Our Eyes takes place on Saturday 2 April 2016, from 10.00am – 4.30pm