Shooting Fish worked with 18 unemployed people from Lincolnshire, using the production of radio plays to build skills for employment. Working in partnership with Job Centre Plus, Ingeous, Talent Match and Linkage Trust, the project particularly targeted participants who were considered to have moderate learning difficulties and/or low level literacy, using an informal and relaxed learning environment to improve their confidence and literacy levels. Participants from the two groups led the creative process, developing their ideas through research, improvisation and group writing sessions, leading to the completion of two 20 minute original radio scripts. These were then professionally recorded at DB studios, with members of each group stepping up to perform their work before receiving media training in order to edit recordings into the finished article. The two plays that were produced were Channel 312; a mockumentary news programme and Frankie Foghorn’s Gold; a comedic ghost story. The project proved to be a fantastic success with many participants moving into employment, further education or voluntary positions.
European Social Fund, Futures Advice