Recently Jean Merrilees returned from spending three months at a regional centre that assesses people for equipment in Finland, as part of her degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Northampton. Having worked for Scope for a couple of decades, advising disabled people on a wide range of issues, it was a good chance to reflect on how disability services in Finland compare to those in the UK. Continue reading Disability services in Finland: a better life?
2015 has been a very successful year for Scope’s film team. We’ve dusted off the disability history books, trained comedians to be spies, kissed awkward goodbye and got all hot under the collar about sex. All in all, it has been one big rollercoaster ride.
We thought we’d mark the end of the year with a mini ‘awards ceremony’ to mark some of our favourite and top films. What have been your favourite Scope film moments?
Most viewed – What Not To Do
We enjoyed a whole summer of ending the awkward. Who could forget our “What Not To Do” shorts made in collaboration with Channel 4? Fronted by Scope Ambassador, Alex Brooker, these six hilarious short films racked up over half a million views on our YouTube channel, thousands upon thousands of views across our social media and became the most viewed shorts on the Channel 4 website.
Most shared – The Disability Discrimination Act 1995: The campaign for civil rights
Last month (November 2015) we delved into the archives to mark the 20th anniversary of the passing of the Disability Discrimination Act. We featured a variety of content on our website for the occasion including a film which collected the stories and voices of some of the most influential campaigners of the time. This film became our most shared video on our Facebook page with over 2,300 shares, over 1,700 likes and over 235,000 views.
Best female – Kelly Perks-Bevington
For those of you who have been following Scope in 2015, you’ll probably recognise Kelly. She has been popping up everywhere, from talking about awkward moments at festivals to stripping off for Enhance the UK’s Undressing Disability photo exhibition. We got Kelly involved in our A-Z of sex and disability. In this film she talks about dating, marriage and sex.
Best male – Adam Hills
The Australian comedian best known for hosting the Channel 4 show, The Last Leg, became a firm favourite when he took on the role of the enigmatic man in black for our parody of the classic Milk Tray advert. With his daring stunts he won the hearts of many, including celebrity actress and singer, Holly Valance in our advert for Great Donate campaign.
Best story – Harrison’s story
We love our story films here at Scope. What better way to capture the incredible stories that are happening up and down the country? Our latest offering focuses on Harrison’s story, a young disabled man with a learning difficulty, who has struggled to find and stay in employment. However, thanks to the specialist support he got from his local Scope employment service, that has all changed.
We’d like to thank you all for your support, shares and likes throughout 2015. We really hope you’ll subscribe to our YouTube channel and join us in 2016 for what we promise will be our greatest year of film yet.
You can expect compelling stories from disabled people and their families, vlogs from some of YouTube’s rising stars and appearances from some well known faces…
If you can’t wait until then, check out our playlist of some more of our top films from 2015 below.