Scope’s 100th film launched – our top 5 favourites to date

2014 was the most successful year yet for film content from Scope. Our videos played a big part in some of our most high profile work to date in things like End The Awkward and Strip For Scope. Along the way we also achieved some fantastic things too.

We now have well over 1,000 subscribers to our YouTube channel. We screened some of our films in cinemas around the country for the first time. We produced our first content in British Sign Language and in audio description versions. We also released our 100th film at the end of the year.

To celebrate, we put together a list of our top five favourite films to date.

  1. End the Awkward – In the office

    495,586 views
    This film is one of the three main adverts for our End The Awkward campaign. Star Alex Brooker couldn’t stop laughing at the funny expression on the actor playing the male office worker’s face. The actor was probably less amused as it meant he had to maintain that awkward expression on his face for half a day.

  2. Strip For Scope

    152,675 views
    This film has the dubious honour of being the first Scope film to feature any sort of nudity – but hopefully you’ll agree that it was done tastefully. Jack Eyers, the male model who features in the film, didn’t allow himself to eat or drink across the day of the shoot in order to maintain the look of his physique.

  3. What is the social model of disability?

    25,913 views
    This film might also have featured silly faces and nudity if Mik Scarlet, who features in the film, had had his way, but thankfully we talked him out of it on the day of the shoot. (Just kidding, Mik.) Thankfully instead, we have perhaps one of the most interesting films Scope has produced to date. It features prominent disabled people discussing the social model of disability – and what it means to them.

  4. Cycle Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 for Scope

    3,830 views
    Scope are really excited to be the official charity partner for the famous Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 bike race. This film doesn’t even go half of the way to illustrating how awful the conditions were on the day in 2014, so a massive thanks again to all our cyclists and cheerers on the day!

  5. About Scope

    5,015 views
    Last and by no means least is our new film all about Scope and our work in England and Wales. We didn’t want to produce a slick, flashy promotional film so this film was shot in a “selfie”-style across a year at locations all over the country by disabled people themselves, along with support from Scope volunteers and staff.

So what was your favourite Scope film from 2014? Let us know in the comments below.

We’ve got some really exciting projects coming up in 2015, so if you want to be the first to see our content before everyone else, please take a minute to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

“Many parents go through the diagnosis stage and are left feeling lost and alone”

Guest post from Donna, who is a Face 2 Face befriender in Coventry.

Donna with her daughterSophie was born naturally at the local hospital and I was so proud to be her mum. She was the most beautiful thing I had ever seen. She had black hair and red ruby lips.

It wasn’t until Sophie was around 3 years old that I started noticing that she wasn’t meeting her key milestones along with her peers. After an awful lot of filling in forms and talking over these issues with many different professionals a consultant diagnosed Sophie with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

I remember listening to everything thinking “this is fine, I can deal with this”. It wasn’t until a few days later I started questioning what this meant for us as a family, but more so what it meant for Sophie’s future.

People say “children don’t come with manuals!” – well this is even more true for children with ASD. These children write and rewrite their manuals on a half hourly basis. You’re forever learning, relearning and adapting. And this is what makes living with a child with ASD one of the most pleasurable things, but also one of the most challenging.

I would have loved having someone who was genuine, non-judgemental and empathetic to all the things we were facing. Someone to listen to me as Sophie’s mum.

I have just completed my Face 2 Face training to become a befriender in Coventry.

Coventry needs this service as many parents go through the diagnosis stage only to be left at the end feeling lost, alone and in need of a shoulder.

I realised that this service is something that I wish had been available when we were going through diagnosis. I just hope that I can be a positive in someone’s life.

Donna supports parents as part of our new Face 2 Face service in Coventry, which launched today. Face 2 Face provides free emotional support for parents of disabled children, from other parents with similar experience. 

Another befriender in Coventry, Sophie, has also written a blog for us about her story. Read Sophie’s story

“It can be daunting having a child with additional needs but we love being parents”

Guest post from Louise, whose son Daniel is 10 years old and has focal epilepsy. This means that he has seizures, most of which happen at night. Louise is a Face 2 Face befriender in Coventry, here is their story.

Louise and DanielDaniel started showing signs of epilepsy when he was three years old. I remember reading him a bedtime story and I noticed that his mouth started twitching and he was dribbling. He became unresponsive and my husband and I didn’t know what to do. We had never seen anything like it before.

Luckily, it only lasted a few moments but it scared us. I took him to our GP who referred us to see a paediatrician, who didn’t think there was anything to be worried about.

Soon after Daniel had a major seizure so we rushed him to hospital and six hours later he was still fitting. I was terrified and it was one of the worst nights of my life. The seizures finally stopped and after more tests Daniel was diagnosed with epilepsy.

At first, it was difficult to explain to family and friends. Everyone reacted differently.

I felt we weren’t given enough medical advice and we were left to research Daniel’s condition on our own. As a mum you want to have all the answers and it’s hard when you don’t – it leaves you feeling guilty. All I needed was to speak to someone who wasn’t involved but knew what it was like.

Daniel’s seizures continued and were hard to control. When they start the first thing that happens is he loses the ability to talk. It’s scary because he can’t even tell you one is coming on. So we came up with a solution – we put cow bells around the house which he can ring if he feels something is wrong. Daniel knows that the bells are not toys and only uses them when he needs to.

Daniel also has dyspraxia and over flexible joints. Which helps explain why he has struggled with school over the years. Recently, an educational psychologist suggested that Daniel might be autistic too – which came as a big shock for us.

The school he is at now is supportive and most importantly Daniel is happy there. He has a good consultant and our family is learning to come to terms with all the different conditions he has.

It can be daunting having a child with additional needs but we love being parents.

Daniel is a kind, gentle boy who is well liked. He’s helpful to everyone and never ceases to amaze me. He sees the world in a beautiful and special way.

Louise supports parents as part of our new Face 2 Face service in Coventry, which launches today! Face 2 Face provides free emotional support for parents of disabled children, from other parents with similar experience. 

Another befriender in Coventry, Donna, has also written a blog for us about her story. Read Donna’s story