Behind the scenes with the Red Cross in Yorkshire

PUBLISHED: 15:26 22 December 2015 | UPDATED: 15:26 22 December 2015

The Red Cross in Yorkshire

The Red Cross in Yorkshire


Red Cross volunteer drivers Sean Ridley and Nick Stenhouse got a taste of the film industry recently when they starred in a documentary about the work of the Red Cross in rural Yorkshire.

The film, entitled ‘A Day in the Life’, follows Sean and Nick as they drive in and around the Moors and Dales and the Vale of York to reach those who use the Red Cross Community Connect service. Over a period of two days, the film crew interviewed staff, volunteers and users of the service.

Community Connect is one of eleven projects around the country which are funded by Land Rover UK in a £2 million partnership. The aim of the service is to tackle rural isolation and support people in reconnecting with their communities through joining local activities, going to events or shopping. It is designed to help people to remain independent in their own homes following a crisis in their lives such as ill health or a stay in hospital.

The film crew’s itinerary included a shopping trip for a house-bound couple living far from a supermarket, a community music event for the elderly in Great Ouseburn and a Red Cross first aid training session for parents of young children in Reeth.

Sean, who has been volunteering with the Red Cross fire and emergency support service for two years, took annual leave from work in order to take part in the filming.

“Being part of the whole filming process and seeing how it worked was a really exciting experience, and I’m really glad I had the opportunity to see it at first hand,” said Sean.

“Not everyone knows about the work of the Red Cross in rural areas like ours, so it was great to be able to help record the amazing Community Connect service, which is available day in, day out”, he said.

Nick Stenhouse, who also took part in the filming, is a volunteer as well as a member of staff. Nick is responsible for co-ordinating the Red Cross fire and emergency support service in West Yorkshire.

Nick said: “We worked closely with the film crew and photographer, staff, other volunteers and people keen to tell the story of how they have been helped by the Red Cross.

“The film features some of the great people we met, and tells the story of our work with great empathy and sensitivity – as well as capturing the remote and beautiful landscape of this part of Yorkshire.”

Colette Kemp, the Red Cross service manager for Community Connect, explained that by showcasing the work of the Red Cross in the film, she hopes potential new volunteers will come forward.

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