The Work of Foodbank

Demand for foodbanks has increased four-fold since April of this year. The pandemic has changed the way that foodbank operates. This has deprived our clients our usual additional services (signposting them to housing and debt agencies, providing counselling and legal support and generally giving them an opportunity to sit and chat in a safe and warm environment.)

 © Abby Chitty 12/11/2020

What does Advent signify?

This is a short film I made for St Matthew's Church that reflects on the true meaning of Advent.

While for many the holiday means chocolate and candles, it is actually representative of both remembrance of Christ's death and looking forward to his second coming.

 © Abby Chitty 04/12/2020

Churches after Lockdown - 4/9/20

This is a short video I made on the impact of lockdown and the coronavirus pandemic on churches. Members of the congregation are required to wear masks, they cannot sing to hymns and they must sit in socially-distanced family bubbles.

 © Abby Chitty 4/9/2020

Think and Do Camden 

In January 2020, Camden Council partnered with the Think and Do Project, Transition Kentish town and Friends of the Earth to create a community space for residents to attend workshops on climate change and discuss action to tackle it at a local level. 

Think and Do was initially opened as a six-week pop-up in response to last year’s Citizens’ Assembly recommendation that local communities come together to fight against global warming. 

Following its success, Think and Do decided to start phase two by setting up a semi-permanent community café in Kentish Town where talks and training on eco-action will take place weekly, led by local groups and young people. 

 © Abby Chitty 2/3/2020

Oliver Tambo Statue Unveiling 

In October 2019, a statue of anti-apartheid politician Oliver Tambo was unveiled in Haringey.

The event was attended by a number of prominent individuals from the UK and South Africa.

Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry MP and Catherine West MP were joined by South African politician Lindiwe Mabuza and Thembi Tambo, South Africa’s High Commissioner to the UK, who is also Oliver Tambo’s daughter.

I filmed, directed and edited this package, while my partner Ben Smith took the role of reporter.

The Blue Light Symphony Orchestra 

In October 2019, the Blue Light Symphony Orchestra partnered with mental health charities Chroma and PTSD999 to advocate the use of music therapy in the emergency services.

DC Seb Valentine, who works in public protection for the Surrey Police, founded the orchestra and is now spearheading the new charitable initiative.

A report put together by mental health charity Mind showed that 42% of emergency service staff and volunteers consider exposure to traumatic incidents to be a trigger of poor mental health.

Since the Grenfell Tower fire, PTSD-related calls to the Blue Light Infoline, a helpline set up by the charity Mind, have more than doubled.

Chroma explains that music therapy has proved to be an effective way of processing the psychological impact of repeated traumatic events and can help with social relationships and isolation as well as anxiety and stress management.

 © Abby Chitty 29/10/2019

 © Abby Chitty 15/10/2019