RINGING: THE SOMERLEYTON STORY

A 20 minute documentary written, filmed and produced by the young people Positive View has supported on the Somerleyton Estate, Brixton for the past year.

Positive View Ambassador and Director, Mark Gostick, has guided the production of this alarming film documenting daily life on the estate – seen through the eyes of the young people who live there. The Department for Communities and Local Government classifies Somerleyton as “extremely deprived” and “one of the 10 per cent most deprived areas in the country”. The Metropolitan Police score it “red” on the Gangs Matrix, the most serious classification.

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2016 Graduation Reception

Phillips new galleries in Berkeley Square, London, was the recent venue for a dramatic photography exhibition featuring works taken young people participating in our 2015/16 Education Programme.  

This culminated with our annual Graduation Reception when each young person celebrated their success and were presented with certificates - for most their first ever.

The reception culminated with a preview of “Ringing: the Somerleyton Story” a 20 minute documentary written, filmed and produced by the young people Positive View is supporting on the Somerleyton Estate, Brixton.   

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Take Aim Shoot - Paul’s story

“My name is Paul and I live in Lambeth, London. At the age of five I didn’t know what was going on around me. It was when I started primary school I started to see what London life was about.

My older brother used to get arrested nearly four times a week. My mother kicked him out of the house because she felt he was a big influence on me. I believe kicking him out made it worse because our brotherhood friendship grew even stronger.

Before I knew it I was following in my brother’s footstep. I started stealing in primary school, having fights and even getting suspended and expelled. My Mother and Father both tried their best to get me to understand but I rebelled against everything they said. I decided to finish with education. I didn’t attend secondary school or even college.

I have been arrested for grievous body harm (GBH) and for drugs. My brother who was running around causing trouble is now in prison for a very long time. I don’t want my life to turn out like that.

I was thinking what to do when a friend told me about Positive View and since then my life has taken a turn. We first started with photography but after the course you realize they are willing to help us achieve our goals as long as we are willing to dedicate ourselves to achieving them.“

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Take Aim Shoot - Benjamin’s story

“At the age of 11 years I came over to the United Kingdom to join my mother and father. In my preparation of coming here I was so excited. I use to dream about England, some of my dreams were big houses, lots of money, no more struggling.

“On the other hand when I reached England it was absolutely different. I saw poverty here when I thought I was escaping it. I saw real difficult times here where many don't help others which seemed strange to me because in Africa you talk to everyone you see.

“Growing up in this environment made me give up on my dreams. Let me tell you why. I have been arrested, been stopped and searched on several occasions, been labeled as a gang member,

“I got involved with the “Take Aim. Shoot.” project through Dennis Gyamfi. I am someone who is very interested in cameras and pictures. I loved the workshop because I got a lot of insight about cameras. Before I will be hanging around on the street. Now I have been going out taking pictures and engaging with society.”

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Take Aim Shoot - Jessica’s story

“My name is Jessica. My Mum kicked me out when I was like 15. She couldn’t control me and said I was too bad for my own good. She handed me over to the government and I am now in a foster home. I am looking for a new family but after my mother herself has thrown me away, who’s going to love me now?

“I believe this all started when I used to witness my father putting hand on my mother and making her so weak she even saw me as a problem and that’s why she kicked me out.

 “I personally wouldn’t say I am a bad person because I don’t walk out of my house with the intention to cause anybody any harm. But if I feel frightened by someone then I’m going to face the person. I don’t want to be seen as some hard girl. I want to be able to channel my frustration elsewhere.

After joining the Positive View course I saw it wasn’t just a workshop. The team was really interested in what I wanted to do in the future and how I would be supported to reach my goal. I hadn’t experienced a genuine conversation about me with a guy before and it made me realize there are guys out there who want to help you succeed.”

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