UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH FILM STUDENTS SUPPORT TREVI HOUSE THIS CHRISTMAS

University of Plymouth students studying BA (Hons) Film & Television Production have assisted Trevi House, the local leading women’s charity in Plymouth, in filming its 2018 Christmas Campaign this year.

A group of first year students spent the day at Trevi House in November and filmed the charity’s Christmas video.  They then edited the film ready for its launch on Monday 10th December.

The #TreviChristmas Campaign is asking for donations to support the vital work of Trevi House so that mums and children can stay together this Christmas and be given the chance to live a happy life together.

 

The film highlights some of the shocking statistics centred on child care services including every 16 minutes another child is taken into care and only 1 in 10 are reunited with their mum.  It features Becky Sanders, a specialist Key Worker at the residential rehabilitation site and Jasmine Casey, an ex-child resident who was at Trevi approximately 16 years ago with her mum and baby brother.  Coincidentally Jasmine, who moved away from the area, attended the University of Plymouth a few years ago to study Media Arts as a student.

Jasmine features in the #TreviChristmas campaign video, appealing to supporters to make a donation to make a difference and help families like her.

 

“I am now the same age as my mum was when she went to Trevi and my life is completely different to hers.

 

“I don’t have any addictive problems and I don’t have any children. Trevi turned mum’s life around.

 

“I understood at the time that things had been bad before but then getting to Trevi, everything was good. I now have a degree in media arts. Growing up would have been a lot worse if I didn’t have my mum around - I would not be as grounded and I would not have grown up with my younger brother.”

 

Phaedra Stancer, Lecturer and Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Media Arts programme at the University of Plymouth states: “Jasmine was an award-winning student who graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Arts here at the University of Plymouth. We are proud of her, and the students who volunteered their time to tell her story.

“Media practices can be powerful tools for good or bad, and ethics and issues of representation are important elements in the teaching of the Media courses here at Plymouth. Our Collaborative Practice module involves developing and realising a creative project with people and organisations beyond the University. Students have done fantastic work promoting and supporting a range of local charities over the years, and some of our graduates have built upon this, going on to work with social enterprises and community interest companies.   

“Many, like the Film & Television Production students involved in this project, volunteer their free time and skills to support others outside of their module work.”

Trevi House is a charity aspiring to ensure every woman is given the opportunity to heal, grow and thrive.  Trevi’s rehabilitation facility is the only one of its kind in the UK – exclusively for mothers and children to stay together during treatment - and its rehabilitation programme has a striking success rate with 95% of women remaining substance free and almost 7 out of 10 children staying with their mums. 

 

“We’d really like people to get behind our Christmas campaign this year, by making a donation, because we need support to help more children like Jasmine and her mum,” said Hannah Shead, Chief Executive Officer of Trevi House. “Christmas is a time for families to be together. Just £10 could make a huge difference and help a child and their mum make special memories this Christmas.

 

“It’s been wonderful for our charity to work with the University of Plymouth students this year.  They were an extremely professional team and we couldn’t believe it when we discovered they were only in their first year.  What they have produced is fantastic and it is really helping to raise awareness of our charity and the need for people to support us at this time of year.”

 

Trevi House also operates an outreach centre, The Sunflower Women’s Centre.  The Sunflower Women’s Centre is a trauma-informed women’s wellbeing hub, providing opportunities for any woman who has support needs. Using a whole-system-approach, women receive support in addressing and resolving substance abuse, childhood trauma, criminogenic behaviours, domestic violence or poor mental health.  90% of women supported by the Sunflower centre say it has been a lifeline. One even said that without it, she’d be back in London and probably dead.

 

So far in just 3 days, donations have arrived from all over the world in excess of £2,000 with messages such as: “Your work is vital in supporting these brave women and long may it continue” and, “What phenomenal work you do. If I lived nearer I’d sign to volunteer in a flash!”

 

Shaniah Torres, one of the film students from the University of Plymouth said: “Trevi House gave us such a great learning experience and we are so happy all our hard work is paying off!”

 

To support #TreviChristmas and help change the lives of more mums and their children, you can find out more and make a donation by visiting: http://trevihouse.org/get-involved/trevichristmas or calling 01752 255 758.