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The Hive Presents Patron Plaque to BBFC Vice President Alison Hastings

Budding young film-makers at The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, were given the chance to showcase their talent to the Vice President of the British Board of Film Classification, Alison Hastings, when she visited the youth facility this week.

Date 09/03/2018

Budding young film-makers at The Hive, Wirral Youth Zone, were given the chance to showcase their talent to the Vice President of the British Board of Film Classification, Alison Hastings, when she visited the youth facility this week.

The visit was organised in recognition of the British Board of Film Classification’s (BBFC) commitment to provide funding for The Hive’s film and media studio, an important part of the Youth Zone’s arts offer. Launched in 2017, the film and media studio -named “Rewind” by Hive Members -provides young people who attend The Hive with a dedicated space to develop multi-media and film editing skills. The studio is equipped with cameras, lighting, a green screen and editing software, enabling young people to create and edit their own audio-visual projects.

Having provided initial funding for the film and media studio last year, the BBFC has now committed to another two years of funding for the facility, which will cover staffing costs and ensure that The Hive’s young Members can continue to pursue their passion for film-making.

To thank the BBFC for its ongoing support, Chief Executive of The Hive, Stuart Barnes, presented Alison Hastings with the special BBFC Founder Patron’s plaque – a replica of the plaque that adorns the Patron’s wall at the Youth Zone. Alison was then given a tour of The Hive, meeting the management team, youth workers and volunteers who deliver the facility’s broad range of arts, sports and enterprise activities. She also spent time speaking to some of the young people who have benefitted from using the film and media studio.

Commenting on the visit, Alison Hastings said, “We are delighted to receive this plaque, I am particularly pleased to be representing the BBFC today as I live in Birkenhead and love supporting my local community. The Hive is a fantastic facility, which gives young people the opportunity to use media equipment for the first time and to develop their passion for and skills in producing their own original content. At the BBFC we recognise the importance of supporting community film and education groups across the UK and consider the opportunities given to young people at The Hive to be positive for both them and the industry as a whole."

Stuart Barnes added, “It was a privilege to welcome Alison to The Hive and to officially recognise the fantastic support that the BBFC has provided to our Youth Zone. Without the BBFC, our film and media studio wouldn’t exist. Having the studio enables our young Members to develop essential multi-media skills, nurture creativity and indulge their passion for the big screen.”

The British Board of Film Classification is a non-governmental organisation founded by the film industry in 1912, which is responsible for the national classification of films exhibited at cinemas, trailers, DVD/Blu-ray films and television programmes, and video-on-demand content.

As well as being a Vice President for the BBFC, Alison Hastings is a non-executive Director of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, a Council Member of Durham University, a member of the Pagefield Advisory Board and of the Sharing Economy UK Expert Advisory Panel, a specialist partner with Alder Media, and a Gambling Commissioner. Until recently she was the BBC Trustee for England and was formerly a Press Complaints Commissioner.

Pictured (L to R): BBFC Vice President Alison Hastings with Young Members from The Hive; Mollie McKee & Izzy Schofield.


Notes to editor

About the BBFC
The BBFC is an independent, private, not-for-profit company which classifies films, video on all physical formats (DVD and Blu-ray Disc for example) and certain video games and trailers.  It also classifies, on a best practice voluntary basis, video content for distribution online and websites accessed via the UK's mobile networks. The BBFC operates transparent, well-understood and trusted co-regulatory and self-regulatory classification regimes, such as its digital video service, based on years of expertise and published Guidelines which reflect public opinion and the risk of harm; and is accountable to Parliament.

Wirral Youth Zone
* The Wirral facility follows the ground breaking Youth Zone model pioneered by the OnSide Youth Zones charity, which has so far opened highly successful facilities in Wolverhampton, Carlisle, Blackburn, Oldham, Manchester and Wigan.
* The Hive’s capital cost (approx. £6million) has been funded by a number of key partners, including Wirral Council, who are keen to see Wirral benefit from an OnSide Youth Zone.
* The Youth Zone’s annual running costs (approx. £1million) will be funded by combination of local private sector & local authority support, and various grants & trusts.
* A Board of Trustees drawn from the local public sector and private sector communities, help to ensure that The Hive delivers an exceptional service for the young people of Wirral. The day-to-day management of the Youth Zone is the responsibility of a dedicated team including Youth Workers, Sessional Workers and Volunteers, headed up by the Chief Executive and their Senior Management Team.

OnSide Youth Zones
* OnSide Youth Zones represent a unique and valuable offer that transforms the lives of young people in deprived communities and, over the longer-term, contributes to the transformation of those communities
* By enabling a unique collaboration between local authorities, philanthropists, the private sector and young people, OnSide has successfully opened seven Youth Zones since it was formed in 2008
* The Youth Zone model is based on the proven successful model of Bolton Lads and Girls Club.
* In total, the OnSide Youth Zone Network currently has over 35,000 members and rising.
* OnSide’s purpose is to replicate the OnSide Youth Zone model in towns and cities across the UK, developing and opening 20 Youth Zones by 2020. For more details, please visit

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