Mersey Care has won five main awards at the 10th annual Clapperboard Awards in Liverpool, which celebrates the achievements of young creative talent from across Merseyside.
Oddy, a short film created by young service users and carers with Clapperboard UK to encourage people to talk about their mental health, was the success story of the Awards Ceremony attended by stars of stage and screen, including Benidorm actress Crissy Rock and Shameless actress Tina Malone.
The film won the Best Original Music and Best Film categories, Amy Woods won for Best Young Actress and Julian Sudbury won Best Young Actor and Best Young Achiever Award.
“Mersey Care is delighted to be working in partnership with Clapperboard, enabling young people to explore their own mental health and well-being in the context of their own contemporary culture,” said Michael Crilly, Mersey Care’s Director of Social Inclusion and Participation.
“Recovery is a journey that is all about offering hope, control and opportunity. In this project our young people are able to tell their story in such a way that all three elements become a living and powerful reality.”
The awards were based on young people between the ages of seven and 26 showcasing their films at Liverpool’s Capstone Theatre, exploring issues around identity, community and mental health.
They were judged by a panel including award-winning writer Frank Cottrell Boyce, acclaimed producer Nicola Shindler, star of stage and screen John Simm and Clapperboard volunteer Sascha Corkill.