Community pulling power

26th May 2006 at 01:00
Julie Riddell, who is studying drama at Stevenson College, says:

"I'm involved in the library's video project with six others, making a video about our lives in Sighthill. It'll be shown to the local community and at a city centre venue during the Edinburgh Festival.

"It's entirely our presentation, how we see Sighthill, trying to show the good -the community life, the library and so on - as well as the bad that people perhaps focus on too much," says the 16-year-old.

"We'll show how the community has changed for the better in the last few years, especially for young people. There are no gangs here now and we all know that gang fights are useless.

"When we were younger we followed, imitated, an older gang. But we've more productive things to do now.

"Going to New York for Tartan Week as part of our video project was excellent because we got to work with a group of 17-to 19-year-olds who were making their own videos of Brooklyn and the Bronx. It was all part of a great community film festival which was going on. They were presenting their positive image of their New York community.

"With our community police officer from here, we went to the New York Police Department precinct and asked how they tackled youth crime. We all exchanged information and views.

"The Bronx was just like it is in films.

"Video work interests me because I'm doing a year's drama course now and hope to go on to Telford College for more drama.

"Stevenson College is close to this library and I like to come here because it's like a community centre. In fact, it's better than a community centre.

It's great for using the computers and talking to the staff as well as borrowing books.

"We just meet here. It's the place we all meet."

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