Residents at The Shore, our extra care housing scheme in Ormesby, have turned their collective talents to film-making and produced their own short movie.
‘The Music Man Takes Ellerbeck’ is a ten-minute film, created by and starring residents. Written and produced by Liam Bivens, it tells the story of the Music Man who takes over The Shore and features residents in the main acting and dancing roles, with cameos from members of the care staff.
All production was undertaken by the residents, from filming and editing through to creating props and scenery.
The Shore was the first supported housing development for the Redcare scheme. Partnering us in the Redcare venture are Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and developer Galliford Try Partnerships North East - funded with a grant from the Homes and Communities Agency and care support provided by Sanctuary Supported Living (SSL).
The 24-hour support allows residents with a learning disability to live as independently as possible. SSL delivers personalised programmes to help meet their needs and aspirations, including assistance with cooking and taking part in community activities.
Jason Lowe, Head of Independent & Supported Living, said: “Everyday life at The Shore means being part of a supportive community.
“It is a place where adults with learning disabilities can live more independent, enjoyable and fulfilling lives, with access to all of the care and support they need.
“This film was a fantastic project, created by the residents who worked together to produce it. It’s obvious they had great fun as well as learning new skills and everyone involved should be very proud of themselves.
“I look forward to seeing Music Man 2!”
Rebekah McClelland, Local Service Manager at Sanctuary Supported Living, said: “This has been an amazing experience for everyone at The Shore and not just the residents.
“Seeing everyone working together to make the film, especially Liam who used skills he learnt from college, has been so rewarding. It was really exciting to sit down and watch the premiere and I am looking forward to the next film!”
Liam, who is a resident of The Shore said: “I really enjoyed the teamwork from everyone while producing the film and seeing everyone come together. The fact everyone came out of their comfort zone for us to achieve the film was a real pleasure for me.”
Jordan, who is also a resident, added: “I really liked playing the main part as the music man, getting to chase the staff through the woods was my favourite part!”