The work Sefton Council and partners do supporting people with Aspergers will be recognised at a special award ceremony.
Sefton Council has been working in an innovative group partnership with Sefton CCG’s, Sefton Carers Centre, Autism Initiatives, The Atkinson, Mersey Care and People First to establish and develop three ‘hubs’ for people with Aspergers living in Sefton.
The hubs are in Sefton Carers Centre, The Atkinson and Autism Initiatives Cedars Centre.
The first project the hubs ran was in film-making with ClapperboardUK. The members joined the group to work together to make short films from script to screen.
The highly-regarded Clapperboard Awards Ceremony is to return to Liverpool this year hosted by Liverpool actor, comedian and writer Neil Fitzmaurice (Going Off Big Time, Phoenix Nights, Peep Show, Mount Pleasant) and this year in attendance is special guest presenter Liverpool film and television icon Alison Steadman (Nuts in May, Abigail’s Party, Shirley Valentine, Topsy Turvey, Life is Sweet, Singing Detective, Fat Friends, Gavin and Stacey).
The prestigious awards ceremony will once again take place at Liverpool Hope University’s Capstone Theatre on Tuesday, April 4.
Young adults from across Merseyside, including Sefton, have been involved in a whole production process from script to screen to deliver a number of diverse short films exploring issues such as mental health and autism. They come together with their families and friends to display their work and achievements with the chance of winning a Clapperboard Award and to meet their on-screen idols.
On the awards evening a host of actors from the world of film and television will give up their time to support the Clapperboard project and present an award to the young film-makers, including Ricky Tomlinson (Royle Family, Hillsborough), Kieron Bimpson (Justice, Vera, Being Keegan, Hunter Killer), John Henshaw (Early Doors, Angels Share, Looking for Eric) and Hollyoaks cast, The Loveday Family:
Actress Alison Steadman said: “As a patron of Clapperboard and a huge fan of its charitable work across the North West, I’m delighted that I am able to attend this year’s Awards Ceremony to present the special Alison Steadman Award for active citizenship. I’m also looking forward to visiting the wonderful City of my birth.”
Host actor/writer Neil Fitzmaurice said: “I’m extremely happy to be able to host this special event once again. Clapperboard is a great award-winning community filmmaking charity tackling many difficult issues that young people and their communities face. There should be no stigma attached to mental health or autism issues as many people either suffer from this or know someone who has.”
The Sefton members have been so excited about their new found love of filmmaking that they have gone on to develop their own media group based at The Atkinson which is developing their skills and striving to become a social enterprise in the future.
This year’s judges include acclaimed writer Frank Cottrell Boyce (Millions, 24 Hour Party People, Dr Who) award-winning actor Ricky Tomlinson, Board Member, Perrilena Alleyne-Hughes (Teacher & Director of Sense of Sound) and ex Clapperboard volunteer and Hollyoaks Technical Runner Mari Jones.
This year’s partners and sponsors include: Big Lottery, PH Holt, Mersey Care/NHS, Sefton Council, Sefton CCG’s, Sefton Carers Centre, Sefton Creative Hubs, Autism Initiatives, Atkinsons, Lime Pictures, Liverpool Echo, Liverpool Film Studios, Liverpool Film Office, Firestyle Magazine, Forward Culture, EventSinc, Ma Boyle’s, Hope Street Hotel, Liverpool Hope University, Bill Elms Associates, Barclays, among others.