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Students’ designs support awareness in Ashfield

Posted: 03 May 2024

Creative media students at West Nottinghamshire College are helping raise awareness of violence against women and girls across Ashfield.

One of the posters at a bus shelter on Forest Road Sutton-in-Ashfield
One of the posters at a bus shelter on Forest Road Sutton-in-Ashfield

Advanced Creative Media Practice students have designed and produced artwork highlighting national statistics which show half of all women and girls have experienced verbal abuse, while more than one in three have suffered sexual or physical abuse.

The artwork, which also includes details on how it can be reported, is being displayed on digital signs across Ashfield.

It is part of Ashfield District Council’s efforts to create a safer environment for women and girls in the area and encourage more reporting on inappropriate behaviour.

The move comes as the Council is also planning to introduce fines for people who verbally abuse or harass women and girls in the street, as part of a Public Space Protection Order (PSPO) later this year.

To support the safety of women and girls and wider communities across Ashfield, the Council has doubled its public spaces CCTV cameras over the past two years to 59 – these are deployed across the District and have ‘kitted out’ local businesses in Hucknall, Sutton and Kirkby with radios, CCTV and sensor lighting.

The Council is also working in partnership with domestic abuse services to deliver healthy relationships programmes in primary schools.

Theresa Hodgkinson, chief executive of Ashfield District Council, said: “Addressing violence against women and girls is a priority for the Ashfield Community Safety Partnership. Harassment, physical, sexual and verbal abuse should not and cannot be tolerated. I’m thrilled we’ve had such fabulous support from students at West Notts – I was hugely impressed with the work they did.

“We will continue working to create a safe and inclusive environment for everyone, especially women and girls. Raising awareness is crucial because, in addition to the proactive efforts we are making, we need behaviours and attitudes to change if we’re really to make a difference.”

The college’s design and media lead, Tony Hall said: “The students were delighted to be approached by Ashfield District Council and be involved in designing posters for the District. The designs created hardly required any changes and the two posters chosen were excellent. It was a hard decision by the panel to make as all four designs were brilliant.”

Amy Taylor, who studies on the Advanced Creative Media Practice Extended Diploma, said: “I found this project really creative and informative; I was able to develop my skills in designing something that will support women and girls across Ashfield. I discovered a range of new software and communication skills when developing the posters which helped to create powerful designs to support the campaign.

‘I’m really pleased my work will be featured in the community and this will help protect women and girls.”

Caption - Martin Cope, projects and antisocial behaviour team leader, CPO Massey, creative media diploma students Mia Blakey, Favour Akintoye and Amy Taylor, Antonio Taylor, Community Safety Manager, lead work placement co-ordinator Natalie Senior and CPO Newborough.

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