On Monday 30th November a video competition chronicling 2020 was launched for Gwynedd residents and beyond to share their stories and experiences of this year. The competition has been arranged by Hunaniaith (Gwynedd’s Welsh language initiative), Digital Communities Wales, Menter Iaith Bangor, Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn and the Bridging the Generations Coordinator.
Without doubt 2020 has been an incredible year so provides a golden opportunity to try and chronicle people’s impressions of the year, the good and bad. We are looking for people to share their own stories of bridging the generation between the young and old by means of video and technology. Maybe, in its own way, making a video might also highlight if not alleviate some of the loneliness people feel and create hope during the pandemic which has affected all of us in one way or another.
Do you have a story to share about love, friendship, the sense of hiraeth or loss of not being together once again? Are you self-isolating or shielding? We are looking for your videos that will convey your and loved ones experiences’ and human nature’s resolve and endurance during hard times.
Dafydd Iwan, Hunaniaith Chair and Age Cymru Gwynedd a Môn Ambassador, said “We warmly support this competition especially as it aims to bridge the generations, something that we at Age Cymru are very eager to promote. Loneliness can affect people of all ages, and very often the means to overcome loneliness is common to everyone, and we can learn from one another. An important part of that learning is to familiarise ourselves with new technology, something that can open all kinds of doors to the elderly as well as everyone else.”
Mair Rowlands, Menter Iaith Bangor Chair added “This partnership working highlights the timeless importance of communicating and socialising and being able to speak and use our first and preferred language, Welsh, with others. This year has highlighted this more than ever and so we very much look forward to see a variety of videos showing Welsh families stories in 2020. The public will also be able to see the winning video in Spring 2021, so budding filmmakers, go for it!”
As part of this competition, Digital Communities Wales will provide specific online training on December 4th explaining how to create simple digital stories for your mobile phone or tablet. Dewi Smith, on behalf of Digital Communities Wales further explains, “Digital technology has been a saviour in helping people keep in touch but also at the same time alleviating loneliness and fear. And creating digital stories is an excellent way of learning to use technology but also a way of collecting memories from older people and bridging the generations. We are looking forward to seeing your story.”
Mirain Llwyd, Bridging the Generations Coordinator, said, “Here’s an interesting project that gives family members from different generations an opportunity to look back at 2020 from their own perspective. It’ll be a great opportunity to bring people of all ages together to create a video about their own experiences, meanwhile learning about the experiences of people different to their own age.”
Training on creating a digital story will be held on December 4th for android phone/ tablet and another session for Apple, register here to attend
- (Apple) session between 10 and 11 am https://walescoop.clickmeeting.com/straeon-digidol-apple-/register and
· - (Android) session between 2 and 3pm https://walescoop.clickmeeting.com/straeon-digidol-andoird-/register
Start date 4/12/20 Closing date 28/2/21.
For the winner there’s a special prize to further develop film and videos skills namely a Fire HD 10 tablet.