We plan to develop our Asbestos Awareness – Future Generations Project to raise awareness amongst children and young people about asbestos, the risks involved, mistakes made in the past, associated illnesses, how to care and support for people with asbestos related diseases and information about the work of our charity AASC.
Commencing in 2017 the project will involve liaising with schools, colleges, universities, youth groups and libraries in South and West Wales to book space to exhibit asbestos awareness stands including the display of printed information boards and leaflets. When requested we will also deliver a presentation to groups. We also plan to make available copies of Jo’s story, an illustrated booklet which tells of the struggle that Joanne Barnes- Manning’s family experienced in finding asbestos related support and advice when her father was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. This is an extremely well written booklet which will appeal to the young people we are targeting with this project.
Running alongside the project we plan to launch a writing competition based on the theme of asbestos. With two age categories 10 – 17 and 18 – 25 we will promote the competition in libraries, schools, universities, youth groups, literary festivals, in the local press, in writing magazines and through our social media networks.
We also plan to work with local university students to develop an awareness raising video. Again we plan to run a competition whereby students will be given a brief and invited to attend events for discreet filming and to undertake interviews with some of the key people who support and benefit from the work of AASC. The video will also focus on the current asbestos awareness projects that we are delivering including our future generations project.
We are looking to compile a collection of personal photographs and memories of people working with asbestos in Wales and also would like people to share pictures which they may have of items made of or containing asbestos. Can you help us?