Coventry City Council, together with 12 neighbouring fostering services, has been shortlisted for a UK Public Sector Communications Award for its film ‘Giants’.
This nomination and shortlist is in the category of Partnership Engagement Initiative of the Year.
The project built upon the success of the Council’s previous fostering film ‘Alfie’s Journey’, which was produced by the team in 2015, had over 100,000 views on social media and subsequently went on to win an international film award.
This year Coventry’s fostering team led the cross-regional innovative project, working with 12 fostering services of Local Authorities in the West and East Midlands. The project team worked again with local film company Reel TwentyFive to produce the short film focusing and highlighting the current need for to find foster carers for brother and sisters.
An overarching theme of 'giants' was devised for the film to blend the concept of 'giants', or people who help us in society such as foster carers, and also to highlight the strong bond and relationships that brothers and sisters have as they 'look up' and care for each other in life and become 'giants' to each other.
Working together in this innovative way resulted in each authority having a high quality short film, at a low cost to each. The film has been showcased and used to raise awareness for the need for more Local Authority foster carers across the regions.
'Giants' was launched on the 3rd May 2017 at a premiere screening at The Everyman, The Mailbox, Birmingham with invited special guests including James Foyle from the UK's leading fostering charity; The Fostering Network.
Cllr Ed Ruane, Cabinet Member for Children and Young People, said: “Just like Alfie’s Journey before it, Giants is an emotional, inspirational and important film.
“This nomination is well-deserved and I hope it serves to continue to raise awareness of the vital need for foster carers in Coventry.”
Watch Giants here.
Find out more about the Public Sector Communications Awards