Digital round-up: Street League supporting GCSE students

Plus: CW+ launches app to help those with HIV and BFI donates to Sense to help filmmakers

With GCSE results still fresh in students' mindsStreet League has launched a new campaign to demonstrate how young people who may not succeed in school or exams can still become a success in life.

The campaign is led by a video, Made Outside The Classroom, voiced by Terroll Lewis, a former Brixton gang member who went on to found a successful gym. The video celebrates young people who, with support from the charity, have overcome significant barriers and achieved success beyond the confines of traditional education.

In the video Terroll reassures young people "there’s no time limit" on success and that while "some were made in the classroom, we are made outside of it".

Matt Stevenson-Dodd, Chief Executive of Street League, said: "We want to reach out to young people across the UK who are worried about their future after not achieving the grades they had hoped for."

Hospital charity CW+ has launched an mHealth app for people living with HIV that provides self-management strategies to improve health and well-being.

The app was devised by Darren Brown, a specialist physiotherapist at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, with content provided by HIV experts from across the HIV service and CW+ developed the app with technology partner Imagineear.

The HIV specific information in BeYou+ is separated into three sections – body, mind and life with another 40 sub-sections giving advice, guidance and links to external resources specific to the user’s requirements. The app also provides practical tools and users are sent daily reminders to support achieving their goals. The app secures patient confidentiality with a personalised four-digit passcode to access the app. All data is stored on the device and not shared with anyone else.


Finally, the BFI (British Film Institute), has awarded £31,000 to Sense, the national deafblind charity, to enable deafblind people to take part in a series of filmmaking workshops.

As part of the Accessible Filmmaking Project, 10 weekly workshops will take place across the country, each focusing on exploration and experimentation of film as a form of communication and expression. The project aims to provide creative opportunities for people with sensory impairments to experiment with filmmaking techniques, test equipment for accessibility and improve access to low-budget film production and audio-visual media.

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