Northern Silver Screen

Northern Silver Screen is a short film competition for which we invite our members to submit relevant projects to be included.

The concept behind Northern Silver Screen is to use film as a succinct and engaging media for sharing information within the Consortium's membership and stakeholders - we have even used some of the films in our APPG meetings!

We have now hosted our successful Northern Silver Screen competition six times. You can find our more about this year's competition and previous themes below.

Northern Silver Screen 2013

Northern Housing Consortium are looking for entries for this year's Northern Silver Screen in the following categories.

  • Creativity
  • Co-creation and partnerships
  • Innovation and technology  
The Award categories this year reflect those of our Annual Summit: Innovation & technology; co-creation & partnership; and creativity, so please put forward any projects you are doing in the areas of education, skills, employment, engagement, healthcare etc. that are creative, innovative and / or demonstrate partnership working.

Northern Silver Screen and the profile of the work our members are doing has continued to grow, winning entries have even been viewed within Westminster and at 10 Downing Street.
We know our members are doing some great, innovative work and the competition is a fantastic way to showcase this – however this year we want to get that message wider, we want more people to see the work you do. So for the first time this year we’ll be inviting along key influencers from outside of our own sector to our Annual Summit and Awards dinner, so that they too can find out more about the innovative work the sector is delivering and how their own work can be strengthened through collaboration and partnership with housing associations and local authorities.
Competition process
If you haven’t come across the Northern Silver Screen competition before the process is quite simple. To enter you just fill in the form, explaining in no more than 300 words the details of your project. We want to hear stories of innovation and creativity - something that really stands out from the crowd. From the entrants we then pick a shortlisted selection, who will go on to have a film produced* which will give a unique insight into the project, telling the story from those who have played an integral role.
The winner is picked from an impartial judging panel – who will view all of the films before making their decision which will be announced at the awards dinner on the evening of the 14th November 2013.
We ask that the form is submitted by close of business on Wednesday 18 September. We’ll email you to let you know the outcome by Monday 23 September. We will be in touch to schedule filming which will take place between 30 September and 7 November.
Northern Silver Screen Awards Dinner
As usual the winners of the competition will be announced at a special gala awards dinner which will take place at the end of the first day of the Northern Housing Summit conference on the 14 November at York Racecourse. Good luck. We look forward to reading your submission
* The NHC may be able to offer up to £600 partial funding of a film if you do not have one. The cost is based upon a maximum of one day of filming. If a film already exists, this may also be entered. If you wish to make your own arrangements for filming, you are free to do so, although we would not then contribute to the costs.

Northern Silver Screen 2012

The 2012 Northern Silver Screen competition saw a collaboration with The Prince's Trust to create a collection of films which demonstrate the work being undertaken within the NHC membership in relation to young people.
The Northern Silver Screen showcases and celebrates some of the most innovative and life-transforming work carried out by NHC members within the communities they serve. The NHC decided to focus this year's competition on young people as they have been the focus of some intense and often very negative scrutiny over the past few years - a situation which has been heightened with the riots of 2011. However, many NHC Members are carrying out imaginative and pioneering work aimed at helping young people to get a better start in life, and offering them hope and the opportunity to make a valued contribution to society. 
The competition was broken down into three categories: 
1. Engagement
Communities are at their most successful and sustainable when we involve people in the decisions that affect them. That might be about tackling problems in their neighbourhoods, or planning the development of services. It's important that young people are actively involved in this process. NHC Members are undertaking lots of work to engage with young people to ensure their unique needs are understood and met.  The category asked for examples of engagement relating to:
  • Social media and technology
  • Crime and anti social behaviour prevention
  • Child poverty prevention   
2. Education
This category showcased how NHC Members are working to provide support and guidance for children and young people on the positive opportunities available to them. NHC Members work hard to ensure that children of customers are included in their activities and asked Members to provide examples of the work they were doing around:
  • Early year's intervention
  • Truancy
  • Welfare & lifestyle choices  
3. Employment
NHC Members have seen and felt the harsh impact of the economic crunch and the resulting unemployment in the heart of their communities. Keen to ensure that children and young people don't lose hope and aspirations from a declining job market, NHC Members are working to present different perspectives, different opportunities and different routes to employment.  Members provided submissions based on:
  • Young enterprise schemes
  • Work experience
  • Creating new opportunities 
We had over 50 entries for this year's competition, all of which were extremely interesting, and we would like to thank each member who made a submission. The high number of entries made the short listing process extremely difficult, however  the shortlisted organisations were;
 Community Engagement
 Cestria  City West Housing Trust
 Bolton at Home
 City West Housing Trust
 Helena Partnerships
 South Liverpool Housing
 Plus Dane
 South Yorkshire Housing
 Weaver Vale Housing Trust
 Together Housing
 Wirral Partnership Homes
 Wulvern Housing
 Trafford Housing Trust

The Northern Housing Consortium (NHC) were delighted to host the awards dinner for the fifth annual Northern Silver Screen competition on Thursday 29th November as part of the Northern Housing Summit Conference. 

The winners in each category were announced by the evening's host, Simon Fanshawe.  
The winners!
Youth engagement
Lets get Digital
South Yorkshire Housing Association  View film
Youth education
 Weaver Vale Housing Trust View film
Youth employment     
 THT Apprentice 2012
 Trafford Housing Trust View film
Overall Winner  THT Apprentice 2012
 Trafford Housing Trust View film

Chief Executive of the Northern Housing Consortium, Jo Boaden commented, "I would like to congratulate the category winners and thank each of the organisations who have made submissions to the competition.  All of the films are a positive reminder of the hard work being undertaken by the housing sector in areas which are away from the traditional housing management role, but are never the less important in developing and sustaining communities.  The films showcase foresight, guts and determination in embracing the power and importance of including children and young people in their planning for tomorrow, today."

Northern Silver Screen 2011 - Big Society in Action
Much has been made of what Big Society actually represents, whether it is realistic as a concept, and how successful it can really be in tackling deep-roooted social problems. From a housing perspective, there has been a huge amount of discussion about why this is being promoted as something new, with many housing providers feeling that Big Society is something that they have been routinely delivering for several years.
We looked for examples of work that are truly innovative and inspiring, and that can demonstrate having made a real difference to people's lives. The winners in each category were:
  • Best example of a social enterprise -  Together Housing Group
  • Best example of community activism - Harvest Housing
  • Best example of a multi-agency approach - City of Bradford Council
To view all the Northern Silver Screen films, please click here.

About previous competitions....

Northern Silver Screen I
The first initiative was designed to demonstrate current examples of excellent housing and community initiatives.The films brought together under the Consortium's four work themes to cover a wide variety of topics ranging from a scheme for young mothers to a green travel policy.
Northern Silver Screen II
The competition focused upon age friendly communities and age inclusive communities in support of our project 'Age Friendly Communities in the North: People and Place 2020'.

Northern Silver Screen III
The films submitted demonstrated innovation and good practice within the categories of Low Carbon, Localism and Big Society.
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