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What it means to be a Fixer is constantly evolving. New technologies and new ways of thinking mean that nothing is impossible when it comes to getting a message out there and provoking action. The projects shown below are testament to the passion and talent of Fixers, who have bravely faced the issues that matter to them, and their motivation to change society for the better.
PETITIONING FIRST BUS Emily and her group of Fixers felt that expensive bus fares were restricting their movement around the city of Bristol. So they decided to create a poster campaign.
WE WANT BUS COMPANIES TO UNDERSTAND THAT PRICES ARE JUST TOO EXPENSIVE AND THAT MANY YOUNG PEOPLE CAN’T AFFORD TO PAY SEASON TICKET FARES UPFRONT. ALLOWING THE BUS FARES TO BE CHEAPER WOULD MEAN YOUNG PEOPLE COULD RELY ON PUBLIC TRANSPORT MORE WHEN TRAVELLING TO AND FROM SCHOOL AND COLLEGE, OR WHEN GOING TO THE SHOPS, YOUTH CLUBS AND OTHER SERVICES. The posters, cleverly designed to resemble a letter to the bus company, promptly attracted the attention of BBC Radio Bristol, who interviewed Emily live on air. In response to the campaign, the bus company in question “welcomed the fact that young people in Bristol are adding their voices to the debate around the cost of travel.”
YOUNG DRIVERS TAKE CARE In February 2012, Jen lost her fiancée, Laurence, and was seriously injured when their motorcycle collided with a bus. As a lasting legacy to Laurence, Jen created ‘The Laurence Campaign’ — a film that promotes road safety, and educates drivers to treat the roads, and road users, with respect.
MY FILM IS AIMED AT THE NEXT GENERATION OF ROAD USERS. THIS CAMPAIGN IS EVERYTHING TO ME, AND IF IT CAN SAVE AT LEAST ONE LIFE THAN IT WILL HELP MAKE LAURENCE’S DREAM OF MAKING ROADS SAFER COME TRUE. Since completion, her film has been used in a workshop at Seaford Head Community College. It will also be shown to 150+ students every year at Flying Colours driving school. Additionally, Sussex Police are currently organising for Jen to hold workshops in various schools in Sussex, with the possibility of extending this project across the UK. Her Fix has so far reached around 785,000 people.
DIFFERENT PERSPECTIVES Determined to change the misconceptions held towards fostered children, John, who was taken into care when he was eight years old, made a film to promote understanding of the foster care system and the experiences which foster children go through. John plans to launch his film at an event in Bristol, with an audience of council members of local school representatives. Following that, he hopes to take the film into schools across the city to ensure as many young people as possible have a better understanding of foster care.
I WAS LUCKY TO HAVE SUPPORTIVE FOSTER PARENTS WHO HELPED ME THROUGH THE DIFFICULT TIMES. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT, BUT EVERYONE DESERVES RESPECT AT SCHOOL. WE NEED THE FOSTER CARE SYSTEM TO LET CHILDREN BUILD BRIGHT FUTURES FOR THEMSELVES, JUST LIKE I AM.
ULVERSTON COURTYARD FIX Lead Fixer Ben and his team, who live in supported housing, want to bring life to their building’s dilapidated common space by turning it into a thriving garden that will improve the environment for current residents, and also benefit future generations. After an appeal was sent out to the local community, members of a neighbouring community garden visited the yard to advise which vegetables and plants will best grow in the space. They also offered to help with the actual planting and to provide cuttings and plant boxes. Other local residents came forward to donate pots, compost, cuttings and their time when work begins. A representative of Age UK also arranged for a group of elderly gentleman who work on gardening projects locally to work with the Fixers for a day.
WE HAVE SOME REALLY GOOD IDEAS ABOUT HOW WE WANT OUR COURTYARD TO LOOK. WE’D LIKE IT TO BE BRIGHTLY PAINTED AND A SPACE WHERE WE CAN GROW OUR OWN VEGETABLES. WE ALSO WOULD REALLY LIKE SOME BRIGHT FLOWERS AND PLANTS TO MAKE THE PLACE NICER. LAST OF ALL, WE WOULD REALLY LIKE A BENCH OR SOME TABLES AND CHAIRS FOR EVERYONE TO GATHER.
KNOW YOUR STATUS
Myth: If I’m HIV positive I can’t have kids.
Fact: Effective treatments mean men and women living with HIV can and do have healthy children.
Amy’s friend was only 24 when he died as a result of being HIV positive, making her realise that it is very much still a relevant illness. As a result, Amy started a poster campaign to spread the word about HIV testing.
WHEN I WAS 17, ONE OF MY FRIENDS DIED AS A RESULT OF BEING HIV POSITIVE. I DECIDED TO START A POSTER CAMPAIGN, WITH THE HELP OF FIXERS, TO SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT HIV TESTING. HOPEFULLY THIS WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO GET TESTED AND MORE LIVES CAN BE SAVED. Since completing the poster campaign, Amy has set
positive about being negative
up a small charity called Laced Banana, which engages people from marginalised communities in social issues. It does this in a number of ways, including its ‘May Contain NUTS’ (New Undiscovered Theatre Shorts) performances. These shows are based on scripts, written by community members, which tackle social issues. Amy is also developing several workshops for school children.
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90,0000 people are thought to be living with HIV in the UK. 1 in 3 people don’t even know they’re infected. You can now get HIV results in under
Myth: People living with HIV can’t have normal relationships.
prick test. If caught early enough the treatment is so effective that you are more likely to die of old age than of complications related to the infection.
Fact: People living with HIV can have normal relationships, even with people who do not have HIV, and not pass on the virus.
It only takes a prick
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update your status
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ITCHY WITCHY Aadam has lived with eczema since he was a one-yearold; he knows that living with the condition can be tough. So, to help and support young kids with eczema, Aadam created a book to help children with eczema cope with their condition.
I WANT TO CREATE A BOOK TO HELP OTHER ECZEMA SUFFERERS, BECAUSE I WANT TO GIVE THEM THE SUPPORT THAT I FELT WAS MISSING FOR ME AS A CHILD. ECZEMA CAN BE A TOUGH CONDITION TO LIVE WITH, AND YOUNG PEOPLE NEED HELP WITH THAT, NOT RIDICULE. Aadam is launching his book at two libraries in Walthamstow in August 2013, as well as running craft sessions so children can create their own Itchy Witchy puppets. He wants to distribute the book to schools and hospitals, and hopes the National Eczema Society will also use it as a resource for parents.
After Noelâ€™s mother nearly died from a brain tumour, he made an advertisement that enables young people to recognise the signs of brain tumours. On June 4th 2013, Noel launched the film to an audience of relevant organisations and local dignitaries at Gloucester Guild Hall. He now hopes to broaden the impact of his film by taking it to schools.
I WANT TO RAISE AWARENESS OF THE SYMPTOMS OF BRAIN TUMOURS BECAUSE MY MUM ALMOST DIED FROM A BRAIN TUMOUR. I HOPE TO HIGHLIGHT THE SYMPTOMS OF BRAIN CANCER, SO YOUNG PEOPLE CAN LOOK OUT FOR THEIR LOVED ONES.
EXETER FOOTIE FIX
Conon wanted to break down barriers between community groups, and raise awareness of the lack of affordable leisure activities for young people in Exeter, so he organised a friendly football tournament. More than 60 people took part in the football
BY USING FOOTBALL, WHERE TEAMWORK IS IMPORTANT, IT SHOWED JUST HOW WILLING PEOPLE FROM ACROSS THE CITY ARE TO GET IN TOUCH WITH ONE ANOTHER.
tournament. Prior to kick-off, Conon met with his local Councillor, Sarah Laws, and explained why he wanted to host the tournament. She has since offered to help
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CARLISLE FREE RUNNERS PROJECT A group of free-running Fixers from Carlisle wanted to change negative stereotypes around free-runners by creating a film to inform and educate the public about the sport.
A LOT OF PEOPLE THINK WE’RE BEING DESTRUCTIVE, OR THAT WE’RE GOING TO HURT OURSELVES. I DON’T THINK THEY REALISE THAT WE’VE PUT HOURS IN TRAINING INSIDE WITH SAFETY EQUIPMENT BEFORE WE GO OUTSIDE AND TRY IT. The Fixers plan to invite older members of their community to a special event at a local museum in summer 2013. They will provide tea and cakes, and showcase their ITV broadcast and other free-running footage to help promote a positive image of the sport.
HOODIES ARE FOR WEARING Ellie feels that people are unfairly stereotyped for wearing hoodies, and that many people change their behaviour when they see someone wearing a hoodie. In response, Amy organised a unique flash mob event, and created a 3D booklet, to show how wearing a hoodie does not make you a different person.
SOME YOUNG PEOPLE ARE TARGETED BY OLDER PEOPLE WHO ASSUME THAT WEARING A HOODIE MEANS YOU ARE OUT TO DO SOMETHING WRONG. A HOODIE IS JUST AN ITEM OF CLOTHING – IT DOES NOT MAKE YOU The flash mob event was an overwhelming success: “The flash mob definitely helped change the negative stereotypes, and got my point across in a really fun and creative way. And the 3D booklet is awesome – it is a really funky way to get people taking interest in the information booklet, instead of just throwing it in the bin. It was a great turnout and I hope my message continues to be noticed by young people across the country.” The booklet has also been sent to local MPs and Welsh Assembly Members.
BREAKING STEREOTYPES AGAINST SELF-HARMING Drawing from her own personal experience of self-harm, Natalie created a poster campaign to break the typical “cutter” stereotypes associated with self-harming, and to raise awareness of how common self-harming is amongst teens.
I’VE LOVED WORKING WITH FIXERS. MY CAMPAIGN WILL NOT ONLY CHANGE OTHER PEOPLES’ LIVES BUT IT HAS ALSO ALLOWED ME TO BETTER UNDERSTAND SELF-HARM BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF NEGATIVE STEREOTYPES AROUND IT. Natalie’s powerful poster campaign was launched at an exhibition at Leicester’s West End Gallery. She is now working to get the posters displayed in schools, colleges and GP surgeries.