As the credit crunch, downturn, recession – whatever you like to call it these days – takes a stronger hold, communities in the UK are feeling the belt increasingly tighten. Local councils are having to drastically cut funding to vital youth projects. And Camberwell is no different. London, in particular, is being hit harder than most, as money is diverted from such projects to help pay the spiralling preparation costs of the 2012 Olympics.
The the last few months I have been back, again, working with The Synergy Centre at Camberwell in South London.
The Synergy Centre
Following the coverage of the Beyond Slavery conference back in January 2008, this time I have been working on a DVD comprising of six short films to promote the various activities and events at the community centre, particulary concentrating on the youth and young offender projects.
The aim of these films is to direct outside interest and funding to keep these vital programs running in an area often highlighted in the press for its youth, gang, knife and gun crime.
Video Two looks at the daily youth and young offender projects run through the centre. As with other parts of the city and the country, youth projects are having much of the government and local council funding cut, leaving many places without the funds to keep such projects going. This was one of the main reasons behind creating these films, to assist in gaining further funding for the Synergy youth projects.
Video Six gives some final words from Steve Peak, the centre’s manager/director, plus some choice words from some of the people using the centre, including Colourful Radio’s Henry Bonsu and So Soild Crew’s Megaman.
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Stills taken from video footage.
All stills and video footage (c) Jason N. Parkinson 2008.
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