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In the shoes of local youngsters
The stars of the film, In Our Shoes
The stars of the film, In Our Shoes

A group of young people from Northamptonshire have made a film about their experiences of having a disabled sibling.

In Our Shoes, was produced, written and stars the youngsters, who share their thoughts and feelings.

The film follows the story of three shoes; Trapped Shoe, Lonely Shoe and Frustrated Shoe.

The project was filmed and co-ordinated by Catalyst Theatre Arts, based in Northampton.

The young people who took part are all members of the Sibling Support Programme in Northamptonshire, run by the charity Action for Children.

The group is open to youngsters aged 5 to 16, who have a disabled brother or sister.

It offers them a chance to talk about their experiences and meet other young people who are in a similar position, and share thoughts with each other.

As part of the programme, the group were asked to take part in a project to describe to adults and others what it's like having a disabled sibling, and how it affects them.

With the help of Catalyst Theatre Arts, the youngsters came up with the idea of making a film that put people in their shoes, and highlighted the emotions they go through on a regular basis, such as feeling trapped, frustrated and lonely.

The film had its premiere at two conferences in Northampton and Kettering.




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