People with learning disabilities or autism share their views for latest Wiltshire Voices film

This Is Wiltshire: The Wiltshire residents who shared their thoughts on life in the county The Wiltshire residents who shared their thoughts on life in the county

A 12-part film project, which provides a glimpse into the everyday lives of Wiltshire people, has completed the latest film which focuses on what life is like for adults with learning disabilities or autism.

A number of people from around the county spoke to the filmmakers as part of the latest Wiltshire Voices project which aims to reach out to people who do not, or cannot give their views and opinions in traditional ways.

The project team captured the conversations on film.

The 30-minute film features conversations with seven people who talk about what it is like for them to live in Wiltshire.

The project team worked with a larger group of about 50 people through a series of relaxed art based workshops funded by Calne Area Board.

Area board chairman Christine Crisp said the project gave an insight into the lives of the people in the film and their concerns; from their anxieties about travelling by public transport to the way in which they were perceived by other members of the public.

"The art workshop really helped everyone to vocalise their issues, regardless of the ability or confidence of any individual to actually talk about them.

"We hope by capturing people's thoughts on film there will be a better understanding of what it means to live in Wiltshire with learning disabilities and autism."

The film, put together by BAFTA award-winning filmmakers True Vision, was launched at Calne Town Hall yesterday (Wednesday)and will be available on DVD and online.

It is the third film in the project which captures the stories, views and opinions of a wide range of different groups from army wives, live-aboard boaters, unemployed youngsters and Polish migrant workers.

The short films will be used in group situations to stimulate discussion and action by schools, service providers, organisations and local decision makers. Area boards throughout Wiltshire will be using the films to better inform decision-making.

Chris Williams, portfolio holder for area boards said: "These films are providing us with real insights and this is a powerful way of hearing what these people have to say."

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