Behind The Scenes with Sky News on Blackpool’s Resilience Pathway

As PRs we know only too well the hard work that goes on behind the scenes for fast-moving content. On Friday, we spent the day filming in Blackpool with Sky News on a feature for its weekend Sunrise programme.

The coverage comes as we near the official launch of Blackpool’s Resilience Pathway, a walking route consisting of 42 paving stones along Talbot Road.

The path represents the 42 ‘moves’ from the Resilience Framework designed to build resilience in young people within the community.

Focussed on the positive impact the Resilience Revolution is having on mental health in the town, it was reporter Tom Parmenter’s job to capture different elements that demonstrate the impact of this from a range of perspectives.

10am – filming began at Park School, a special school in Blackpool where pupils were participating in a resilience class with local organisation, Lancashire Mind.

‘Plan Out Your Future’ saw young people discussing and writing down their goals for the future and what they want to be. With everything from a shop owner to a YouTuber mentioned, it was great to see first hand how well the children responded to the class and their interpretation of the resilience ‘move’.

The Sky team took time to engage with the children and Lancashire Mind, collecting footage throughout the lesson and having a one on one chat with the session’s star pupil. The team also spoke with Annie Tyas, Well-being Coach at Lancashire Mind, who was leading the session, to get her perspective.

11.30am – we headed over to the pathway to chat with HeadStart apprentice support worker, Josh Kania, who talked about the importance of looking at what Blackpool is doing right.

After an in-depth conversation with Tom, and a number of camera angles later, we headed over to the promenade to chat with HeadStart’s program lead, Pauline Wigglesworth.

12.30 – the more pressing questions were saved for Pauline, really getting to the bottom of what makes Blackpool so different in its approach. Pauline explained about having young people at the forefront of the decisions and practising a whole town approach across the community.

You can find the online version of the Sky News piece on the link here.

The Resilience Pathway launches on Tuesday 11th June – head over the official website to find out more!