My name is Sylvia, and I'm a disabled film maker and actor based in the Wigan area.
Whether you were born with a life-long health condition or disability, or whether you have acquired life-changing health conditions as a result of illness or injury later in life, sometimes you can find yourself in a rut. It's not just the physical effects of your health conditions that bring you down; your self esteem can hit an all time low, your mental health can be compromised and circles of friends can start to move away from you as you can no longer get involved in some of the activities that you used to enjoy.
I am producing a short series of interactive films which aim to encourage disabled people to get out and about to local beauty spots, cafes, and interest groups. Films will comment on accessibility for wheelchairs, and mobility scooters, whether there is public transport available or adequate parking, and most importantly- is there a tea room!!! Viewers will be invited to log into a web page offer their own suggestions of favourite spots that I can visit in subsequent editions.
This project already has an audience on completion- it's going to be shown on the BBC Big Screens in Liverpool and Manchester. I am also setting up a You Tube channel to broadcast my work, which is all factual and issue based. It is aimed at disabled people and other people who are otherwise disadvantaged in life.
The funds being sought here are to buy DV film stock, and pay travelling expenses to locations. They would also help to fund professional editing services which might raise issues about disabilities, and find my work a wider audience.