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Lily’s story comes to life

Published: Fri, 13 Feb 2015
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Lily’s story is one minute animated film
A film, part-funded by the Housing Executive, is hoping to reach out to young people in need of support to show that help is available
A film, which we part-funded, is hoping to reach out to young people in need of support to show that help is available and their lives can change for the better.
Lily’s story is one minute animated film, written and narrated by Amy, Carl and Tammie, young people whose lives have been touched and transformed by the MACS charity.
It was funded by the Housing Executive, Clanmil, the South Eastern Health Trust and MACS.
The film premiered at the opening of the MACS ‘English Street’ project in Downpatrick this month. That scheme will house eight young people leaving the care system and give them support to learn the life skills required to move to more permanent accommodation in the future.
‘Lily’s Story’ came about after lots of discussion with young people on how they could be actively involved in the English Street launch.
Tammie, Amy and Carl worked with MACS staff to storyboard the film, working out how best to share their stories. The trio took the lead on the story, deciding what information they felt reflected their experiences and how MACS has impacted and changed their lives. Then it was off to Belfast to do the voice over.
The young people involved in the project all said it was a positive and exciting experience.
Amy added: “Life at MACS is delightful, everyone is welcoming and it’s a very sociable environment. If I had the chance I’d live at MACS forever!!!
Tammie said: “I’m proud to say I was a part of it. I wouldn’t be where I am in life right now if it wasn’t for MACS.  MACS has really helped me so much with my daughter, they have opened my eyes so much.”
And Carl said: “Animation is something I always wanted to do. It was great craic and I enjoyed it. I would love to do it again, I loved meeting new people and seeing inside the recording studio. Life at MACS is enjoyable, I get really good support from the staff and get on really well with all the staff. I would choose life at MACS over care any day!”
MACS Chief Executive, Mary Ryan said:
“We are so proud of our young people, it is an honour that they have shared their experiences in order to create ‘Lily’s Story’, we hope that other young people in need of support will see this animation and know that they are not alone and there is help available.  
“We would like to thank Supporting People, the South Eastern Health Trust, Clanmil Housing Association and Pale Blue Dot for supporting us in making ‘Lily’s Story’ a reality”.