You are invited to Freetown

Hectic schedule getting ready to leave for Freetown – Jon and Murray left on Monday March 12, I leave Friday March 16 with Simon Robinson.

Simon’s a friend of ours and a nurse based in Hull – he’s going to be looking at ways the Freetown Society in Hull might get involved in supporting medical projects.

There’s been the usual business of having to sort visas, malaria tablets, other medical stuff, buying more tech stuff, making accommodation and travel arrangements… seems there’s not enough hours in the day but it always works out fine.

Jon and Murray start the film-making workshops at the British Council in Freetown next Tuesday. Barmmy and Franklyn have been working hard developing ideas with a small group of the young people drawn from the bigger crowd we worked with in May 2006.

The idea is to focus on different aspects in typical day-in-the-life of two young people – tell their stories, see what life is like for them. This will then become part of the resource we use for teaching in schools in the UK. Hopefully working with a small group will mean they can all get hands-on experience of everything from planning to filming to editing.

These films – along with the others previously produced by Cafesociety.org, will then be shown at our showcase British Council screening in Freetown on Thursday March 22.

As for me, this time I’ll mainly be working in schools in Freetown. We’ll be linking St Mary’s and Winifred Holtby secondaries in Hull with two secondaries in Freetown, and four Hull primaries (Dorchester, St Vincent’s, St Richard’s and Sutton Park) with four Freetown primaries. So I’ll visit the Freetown schools, meet the staff and hopefully spend some time with the children getting some written work together.

We’ll also be meeting the Mayor of Freetown and delivering a gift from the Lord Mayor of Hull, Councillor Trevor Larsen. And we’re going to meet Freetown’s Director of Sport and Culture to se if we can enlist his support in establishing and annual youth football tournament which will be supported by Hull’s Freetown Society.

And at the end of the whole trip, we’ve set aside two days to travel up-country to Makeni and deliver a mobile phone to the mother of our Salonian friend Tony who is currently living and working in Hull.

We’ll keep you posted as to how it all progresses.