We Journey Together is a film and resource pack designed to challenge misconceptions, and increase awareness and understanding of the asylum system in the UK.
It highlights the stories of people in the asylum process and how it impacted their lives. The entire project, including the film, was co-produced by GCP’s community members and Govan-based digital media charity, Plantation Productions, with support from the Glasgow South Health Improvement Team.
The project came out of a Participatory Action Research project with GCP community members, which aimed to contribute towards community integration and development in Govan and beyond. The group were keen to explore the impact of hostile Home Office policies, and conducted research within the community through interviews and questionnaires. They decided to create a film which interweaves testimonies of people’s asylum journeys to build understanding of the asylum and refugee experience. Plantation Productions supported the creation of the film, which in turn enabled participants to gain skills in media production.
The group then developed a resource pack, in the form of a toolkit, with activities aimed at challenging the stigma faced by asylum seekers. The pack was aimed at frontline workers, but is suitable for use in a variety of contexts.