Life through a lens


Kids capture spirit of Plymouth communities

Our communications team worked together with residents and their children to capture what life is like growing up in a PCH home from a young person’s point of view. Each child was given a single-use camera to take photos of moments in their lives that help to sum up what it’s like to grow up in their home, community and Plymouth as a whole.

Hundreds of photos were taken and we put together a collection of images from each family, and the children who took part ranged from four to 16 years old. Jay Vickers, communications officer, said: “We wanted to tackle some of the stereotypes we hear about living in social housing. We wanted to see our neighbourhoods through the eyes of those growing up in them and get the truth as only a child can capture it.

“We didn’t really know what we were going to get back. The only instructions young people were given was to take photographs of what was important and meant the most to them. All the images we received were positive and told a great story of daily life that the children in our homes experience growing up. They wanted to show their homes and the lives that they are proud of.

“One of the things that really stood out was the importance of community and the pride they take in the area in which they live and in Plymouth as a whole. It may be an area on a map to some people but to those growing up here, it’s so much more. It’s a place to play, to explore, where their family and friends live. All the young people involved really enjoyed taking part.”

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