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Social care staff learn filming skills with the BBC

Young members of Swansea's social care staff have teamed up with BBC Three to help put together a current affairs programme which will come live from the city on Wednesday.

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The group of four from the Social Development and Flexible Support Services were nominated by their manager to spend a week working with the team from the BBC's Learning Lab as part of BBC Three's monthly live current affairs debate programme, Free Speech, which returns with a new presenter at 8pm on Wednesday.

Among them was 22 year-old Adam Hurlow who is an Apprentice Day Support Worker with Swansea Council based in West Cross. He said:"It was really good and we did actually learn a lot. I had forgotten how much I really enjoyed making films. I have had some experience before but last week was really helpful and we can use what we learnt in the work we do here with young adults who have learning disabilities."

Rick Edwards, who presented the Channel 4 Paralympics coverage last summer, takes over as chair of the interactive show which this month will tackle the issue of long-term unemployment.

Adam and his colleagues were talking about their experience of being unemployed as young people before finding their way via volunteering, apprenticeships and training into a fulfilling career working with young adults who have learning disabilities.

Will Evans, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Learning and Skills, said: "This was a great opportunity for the young people involved, who have worked very hard to fulfil their career aims in fulfilling roles within Social Care. They have come away equipped with new skills which can be used t the benefit of our service users as well as making a valuable contribution to what should be an important discussion."

The panel will take questions from the studio audience of 18-25 year-olds whilst viewers at home will be able to interact via social media and show what they think of the panel via the Free Speech Power Bar.

Follow the discussion and get involved via bbc.co.uk/freespeech; facebook.com/bbcfreespeech; @bbcfreespeech; #freespeech

For more information please contact Sally Kent at Plank PR on 020 8995 3945 or sally@plankpr.com

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