College film-makers produce ‘falls’ movie

(From l-r) Diane Lloyd (NHS Falls Team), Amy Finn, Jade Gibert, Yvonne Skellern-Foster (Falls Team), Audrey Westwell (Pendle Seniors), Emmy Bruce, Chloe Sedgwick, Dr Alan Crowther, Sarah Holmes (Nelson and Colne College). (S)
(From l-r) Diane Lloyd (NHS Falls Team), Amy Finn, Jade Gibert, Yvonne Skellern-Foster (Falls Team), Audrey Westwell (Pendle Seniors), Emmy Bruce, Chloe Sedgwick, Dr Alan Crowther, Sarah Holmes (Nelson and Colne College). (S)

Seven enterprising students from Nelson and Colne College have commissioned a film to try and reduce the number of elderly people suffering falls.

Titled “Falls Prevention: A Guide”, the movie’s mission is to alert Lancashire’s 250,000 senior citizens to the dangers of, and practical advice on how to avoid, falling.

The film has been created by Year 2 BTEC Photography and Media student septet Amy Finn, Emmy Bruce, Lucy Kate Green, Jade Gilbert, Jemma Smith, Candis Cotzec and Chloe Sedgwick, supported by Photography and Media Lecturer Sarah Holmes and the East Lancashire NHS Community Falls Team.

“We are so proud of the hard work the students have put into the creation of this fantastic film,” said Sarah.

“They have worked professionally in a real industry setting and demonstrated the great potential they have to progress into successful careers.”

In Lancashire, there were more than 37,000 admissions due to falls in 2013-14 in the over-65s age group, higher than the average in England.

The film aims to educate families and older people on practical steps to avoid falls by highlighting key issues that lead to a tumble and includes real-life experiences of older people from Pendle.

Audrey Westwell, Chairman of Pendle Seniors Group, which also helped with the film, said: “The film is excellent and I want to congratulate everyone in this wonderful achievement, especially the young filmmakers who have done a magnificent job in bringing to our attention the very real medical and social problems caused by falls.

“Many older people who suffer from falls never fully recover from either the physical or psychological impact of their injuries.

“Hopefully the ‘Falls Prevention: A Guide’ film will help all those who are working to prevent falls and give older people more confidence to make the changes that can help to keep them safe.”