Introducing…Kids with cameras - Indie, 5

We have thousands of children living in our homes and we wanted to see what life was like from their perspective.

Over the course of the last two months, the Communications Team has worked together with residents and their children to capture what life is like growing up in a PCH home from a young person’s point of view.

Each child was given a single-use camera to take photos of moments in their lives that help to sum up what it’s like to grow up in their home, community and Plymouth as a whole.

Hundreds of photos have been taken and we have put together a collection of images from each family that took part. The people that took part ranged from four to 16 years old (when given the cameras, some asked ‘how do I delete the pictures?)

Communications Officer Jay Vickers said: “We wanted to tackle some of the stereotypes we hear about living in social housing. We wanted to see our neighbourhoods through the eyes of those growing up in them and get the truth as only a child can capture it.

“We didn’t really know what we were going to get back. The only instructions young people were given was to take photographs of what was important and meant the most to them.

“All the images we received were positive and told a great story of daily life that the children in our homes experience growing up. They wanted to show their homes and the lives that they are proud of.  

“One of the things that really stood out was the importance of community and the pride they take in the area they live in and in Plymouth as a whole. It may be an area on a map to some people but to those growing up here it’s so much more. It’s a place to play, to explore, where their family and friends live and all the young people involved really enjoyed taking part.”

Here we take a look at our first series of photographs:

Indie, 5

Indie has just turned five years old and mum Rachel said: “She was really excited when she got hold of her first camera and the first thing she wanted to do was to take pictures of all of her toys!”

Indie said:“This was my first day at school. I was super excited and I had my hair in a ponytail with a plait and I had my cardigan on with the school badge. I’ve made lots of friends since I began school.”

 

“My name is on the top of my wardrobe and it has lights. I also took pictures of my ballet dancer that moves when the sun is on it that I got on holiday when I was in Looe.”

 

“I was riding my bike at Saltram where Mum takes me and I had my stabilisers on and pom poms coming out of my handlebars in my favourite colour which is pink. The pomp oms fly everywhere in the wind, sometimes it’s a bit bumpy there when I ride my bike but I hold on and I’ve never fallen off.”

 

“I had a vanilla ice cream with sprinkles and bunny ears. Bunny ears is when you have two flakes in your ice cream. I like having ice cream on the Hoe with mummy.”

 

“I was near the swimming pool in this picture but behind me you can see the sea. I had my pink scooter, I was with my best friend Holly but her scooter was too small for me so she brought her bigger one. When you go downhill you have to hold your hands on the handles really tight and keep your feet on the board thing so you go really fast.”

 

“That’s was at Saltram too and me and my dad were on the assault course having a race – but I won!”