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Derry Filmmaker Focuses on Addiction

Published: Wed, 19 Apr 2017
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A filmmaker in Derry~Londonderry plans to shine a spotlight on addiction issues in the city after receiving funding from the Housing Executive.
Gavin Patton purchased equipment to edit film clips with his £1,000 grant from the Social Housing Enterprise programme.
He said: “This equipment has speeded up the film making process and will make a huge difference to me. As I work on a voluntary basis, I could never have afforded to buy these items myself.”
Gavin, who experienced alcohol addiction himself, works on a voluntary basis and has already been praised for previous projects.
“One of my films, Derry Detox, has been viewed nearly 50,000 times on You Tube and received critical acclaim. I would like to make more films about people who have addictions and highlight the need for a detox centre in the city.
“The funding from the Housing Executive’s Social Enterprise fund will help me to grow my social enterprise and in turn, record more films.”
Since its launch in 2015, we have invested nearly £1million - creating 37 new jobs and supporting a further 24 existing posts - in communities through our Social Housing Enterprise programme.
Dozens of local projects across Northern Ireland received grants totaling £500,000 for a range of social enterprise initiatives including: community cafés, mental health support services and furniture upcycling initiatives.
The scheme forms an integral part of our new Social Housing Enterprise Strategy.
Our Social Enterprise Liaison Manager Paul Carland said:
“One of the great things about our scheme is that groups and individuals can apply for various levels of funding.
“It means we can support individuals like Gavin who is making an important difference in his local community.”
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Social Housing Enterprise programme please contact our team on