A group of Year 9 &10 Photomedia students were recently invited to take part in a social justice community symposium here at Plymouth School of Creative Arts. The Photomedia team invited a range of people from the local community to come and speak to students about the important work they carry out in the community and share their thoughts on social justice.

We were very fortunate to have some fantastic community leaders to come and join us. These included: John Hamblin; CEO of Shekinah Mission, Dr Lesley Simmonds; Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice Studies, Alice; Children and Young Persons worker at Plymouth Refuge, Peter Davey; Arts Coordinator and Community Worker, Maria Mills; Plymouth Foodbank & Oasis Project, Waleed Abdallah; British Red Cross Refugee Support and PC Graeme Kirkup: Devon and Cornwall Police and Tim Todd; Foster Carer and Director of Recourses and Sustainability here at PSCA. The symposium forms part of the research young people are carrying out as part of their preparation for the Plural + Youth and Video Festival and for their preparation for the Shine media awards .

Over the coming weeks students will be making films, taking photos and writing stories around the theme of social justice. We would like to say a huge thank you to all of the community speakers and our students for contributing towards some fantastic debate and discussion!

Community Symposium