Llety foyer service users and staff get the star treatment
Young people from Llety Foyer were given the star treatment at a film premiere showcasing Llanelli’s links with France.
Service users at the Gwalia-run Llety Foyer embarked on a journey of discovery to bring the tale of how the small Welsh mining community twinned with Agen in 1989. The young people chose to bring to life the history of how Llanelli was twinned with the small town situated between Bordeaux and Toulouse through a book and the big screen.
Service users and supported workers celebrated the official premiere last Friday (December 4th) while support workers travelled to Cardiff to pick up high praise for the film at the Cymorth Cymru Promoting Independence Awards (PIAS).
Hayley Williams, Team Leader at Llety, said the film was nominated in the Employment, Training and Skills Award.
She said: “Receiving praise on the same night we held the premiere was amazing. “The project was the idea of the young people we support here. They really did their research on Agen, how the towns were twinned and its links with rugby so the recognition at the PIAS was brilliant.
“Llety benefits from having the software and equipment to make the film, so as well as penning the scripts, the young people were supported to edit, produce and direct the film.”
Llety Foyer supports young people in Llanelli to access housing, learning, personal development, training and employment opportunities.
The film helped broaden the young people’s horizons and provide them with an opportunity to develop skills they can take forward into adult life.
Paolo Piana of Llanelli Community Partnership said the 25 week project was made possible thanks to funding from Llanelli Town Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
He said: “The project coach said the film was shaped by the service users giving it a unique perspective. This aspect has caught the imagination of some many people in Agen in Llanelli, with the Project making a huge positive impact in both towns. This Project has given so many young people, many of whom have already had to face many challenges in their young lives, the opportunity to be involved in a project where their voice can be heard.
“They have learnt research skills, interview techniques, interpersonal skills and all the processes needed to bring together an outstanding book and film. The book and film are an expression and reflection of their learning journey. The young people have had an opportunity to take part in activities, travel and meet a wide variety of people. More importantly, I believe, is that they realise that they are now part of building the community in Llanelli, their opinions and views do matter, they do have a voice and it’s a voice that is being heard.”
Richard Davies, Gwalia’s Executive Director for Customer Services, said the project was Highly Commended at the prestigious PIAS.
He said: “The highly dedicated, experienced and caring staff at Llety playing a major contribution in helping so many young people, not for the recognition but because they genuinely want to help. “The rapport that they build with our service users enables them to gain the trust and respect needed to be able to identify the needs and aspirations. I am very proud of the service users at Llety for developing such an insightful film and of the staff who received recognition for successfully support so many vulnerable members of our communities.”