Paston Sixth Form College media students at North Walsham to film work of Benjamin Foundation charity

A Norfolk charity is opening its door to sixth form media students who will sample and film its varied work.

The Benjamin Foundation, based in North Walsham, is teaming up with Paston Sixth Form College which is also in the town.

Sixteen students doing advanced creative and media diplomas will get to grips with the diverse range of work undertaken by the charity, and produce four short films about it in May.

Working in four groups they will look at the foundation's nearly-new Restore furniture store at Dereham, Benjamin's Building Company which works to address the shortfall in affordable housing in Norfolk, Time For You which provides in-school counselling for children needing support through tough times, and Aspire in Great Yarmouth which provides supported accommodation for homeless young people.

College media teacher Richard Poynton said: 'The module that we are working on is all about interaction and students will be assessed on how they work with the charity as a client in a real commercial context.

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'Working in this way will give the students a unique insight into the varied and practical services that The Benjamin Foundation delivers across our county. The project provides an inspiring and valuable learning platform.'

Charity chief executive Richard Draper added: 'It is fitting that in 2012, the charity's 18th year, we are welcoming students of the same age into our organisation. Working with Paston Sixth Form College in this way is an interesting step for us. We are looking forward to seeing the final pieces of creative work, four one-minute films, celebrating the work of the organisation within our community.'

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