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Stroud College Students create safety video


A report by Mike Gallagher

Stroud College Creative Media Production Team have created a Health and Safety video to be used by Cotswold Canals Trust volunteers.

The video demonstrates the need for safe working practices, personal protective wear and an awareness of risk in the working environment.

It also shows the planning and documentation legally required by volunteers engaged in waterway restoration across Gloucestershire.

Finally, there are a number of tips for using tools and machinery.

The DVD cover is pictured right.

Head of Media Studies George Butcher and Media Lecturer Emma Darbyshire worked with students Harvey Dawson, Oliver Bruce, Dan Millard and others.

They liaised with Trust Construction Director Mike Hynd and other Trust Volunteers.

Emma explained, “The students are working towards their Extended Diploma in Creative Media”

Dan Millard (soundman) told us “My late uncle, Roger Wells, was the Depot Manager for the Canal Trust. The video will be a subtle link to his memory.”

Mike Hynd explained “The Canal Trust has over 6000 members many of which are regular 'hands on' volunteers. There are also a number of 'walk in' volunteers… local people who turn up at the Trust’s Visitor Centre at Wallbridge Lock on Thursday mornings to lend a helping hand on towpath clearance and construction.”

He went on to say; “The Cotswold Canals Trust extends its thanks to College Principal Beri Hare and Gardiners Construction Services from Stroud.

Gardiners kindly supplied tools and machinery to facilitate the making of the video.”

The project has also inspired student Oliver Bruce to form his own video production company ‘StraightLine productions.

It will produce videos for websites, presentations, corporate use and public area screens. This is a direct result of the creativity engendered by the Stroud College Media Team.

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