Young people from Ravenscliffe Youth Centre in the Eccleshill area of Bradford are producing a film to highlight the dangers of off-road biking.

off road bikingThe filming will be completed in early December 2014, when young people will take part in their third and final day of filming on location.

All aspects of the film have been made by young people at the centre; from the script writing and planning, to the filming and the acting. The project has been run by Bradford Council in conjunction with Void Arts. Young people chose the issue of off-road biking as it is one that affects young people in their community.

The project has been developed over a number of months.  It began originally during the Anti-social Behaviour Week in July where the prime focus was around off road biking within communities.

The young people who have produced it will gain accreditation for their involvement and will be awarded certificates for taking part.

The film will be showcased in the New Year once the editing and final version is complete. Once complete, it will be available on Youtube and will be used to raise awareness with other youth groups as a way of prompting discussion of this issue.

Nicky Lannen, Senior Youth Worker for Bradford Council, said: “Young people have been involved in every aspect of making this film and have learnt new skills, gained confidence and made friendships along the way. It’s great that they have decided to do something about an issue that affects them which will also be used to help other young people.”

Coun Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: “I’d like to commend the young people who have taken part in making this film.  It is a positive project where they have taken the initiative and are trying to tackle an aspect of anti-social behaviour that affects them and their local community.”

Coun Imran Hussain, Deputy Leader of Bradford Council, said: “Illegal off-road biking is an activity that can be dangerous and which can cause serious nuisance to communities. It’s great news that young people are raising awareness of the problem amongst their peers.”