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Children of service personnel share experiences of being a service child

Children who took part in the Outside the Gates filmChildren of service personnel at RAF Coningsby have joined together with a professional film company to share their experience of being a service child.

'Outside the Gates' is an 18-minute documentary that was filmed over a 12 week period at the Airplay Youth Club held at Clinton Park Community Centre, and on location in the local area.

Martin Tempest from Image Productions who helped the children to make the film said: "The children embraced the technical aspects and they were very creative, the ideas in the film were all theirs.

"The film ticks all of the boxes in order to show what it is like to move around as a child of someone in the Forces, and to then adapt to that location."

At an exclusive screening at the 'Kinema in the Woods' in Woodhall Spa, the children had the chance to show the film to their parents and other adults from the RAF station. 

John Milne, the Station Youth Worker said: "The children put so much effort into it, they used the money they had raised themselves to pay for it, even getting the Kinema and supplying the popcorn that we served here today. I’m immensely proud of them."

Sophie Hodgson, 11 was one of the children in the documentary said: "It was really amazing to be in the film. It was great because I didn’t have to pretend to be someone else, I could be myself!"

The youth support programme for RAF Coningsby is delivered with the support of the RAF Benevolent Fund's Airplay project. The activities seen in the film are funded and coordinated by Airplay. 

RAF Coningsby Community Development Officer, Lou Henderson said: "The great thing about Airplay is that every RAF Station has the Airplay Youth Support Programme, so even when a child moves from one station to another there is some continuity and children can be confident, as shown in the film, that they will find a welcoming and supportive environment wherever they go."

The intention is for the film to be distributed via the HIVE welcome packs given to families before their arrival at an RAF Station and for it to be uploaded to the internet for easy access. 

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