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08:12 Monday 08 July 2013  Written by James Preston

Filmmaking workshops launched for teenagers with diabetes

Deborah Snow with daughter Catherine Maciver, who is helping with the project.
Deborah Snow with daughter Catherine Maciver, who is helping with the project.

The hunt is on to find a group of teenagers with type one diabetes to share their experiences of the condition in a Big Lottery-funded project.

A week-long series of workshops at the College Avenue site of Claires Court in Maidenhead will give five teenagers aged between 13 and 19 the opportunity to make short films to help increase understanding about how they manage their condition.

The films will be placed on YouTube and the youngsters will be given the chance to work with professional cameraman and filmmaker Phil Eastabrook of production company PictureCo.

The initiative is the first major project from Action Media, a charity founded by Cox Green resident Deborah Snow aimed at promoting positive change through the media.

Deborah, who is a teacher at Claires Court and has had type one diabetes for more than 18 years, said: "I am a media teacher and I spend a lot of time discussing what the media gets up to.

"I wanted to do something positive and not just have bad news stereotypes of teenagers. I wanted to give people a voice."

The mum-of-four said the project would not only give young people new and transferable skills, but also offers an important opportunity for teenagers to share and learn from each other's experience.

She said: "The daily management of type one is incredibly complex and it really helps to watch videos of how other people manage.

"You learn a lot of tips. We hope to make some short films detailing perhaps how to manage a sleepover or a jog or even a day in school to shed insight to others with the condition and those who may need to know such as teachers or school friends."

The workshops will take place during the October half term from October 28.

Contact Deborah on info@actionmedia.org.uk or phone or text 07540 479414 for details.

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