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Posted On: 2nd Feb 2013

'Down, Not Out' Shoot on ITV

'Down, Not Out' Shoot on ITV
'Down, Not Out' Shoot on ITV
'Down, Not Out' Shoot on ITV

A previously unemployed Fixer from the Tyne Tees region is looking to inspire jobless young people into finding work through his film project, encouraging them not to give up.


Shaun Phillipson (22) battled through months of unemployment after leaving his previous low-paid construction job due to workplace bullying.


Shaun, from Newcastle, soon sank into depression due to the lack of work. Now he is working with Fixers to create a powerful film highlighting what being out of work can do to the mental health of young people.


Speaking about his experience, Shaun explains: “Being unemployed was very hard. You begin to doubt yourself hugely. A little bit of you feels like giving up.”


His docu-drama highlights the experience that young people go through when they cannot find work.


“I’m sure there are many other people out there like me, so if I can inspire just a few of them that would be great.


“I want to encourage people never to give up in life and to pursue their ambitions. There is so much help out there for people who are willing to take the first step.


“I want to try and find other ways to develop skills and outline potential routes into work so that young people can avoid how I felt.”

Author: N. Farooq


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