Speaking Out and Standing Firm is an exciting and innovative programme developed by Every Generation in partnership with Haringey Library Services. The project facilitated inter-generational workshops where young people from Haringey interviewed war veterans, ex service men and women from World War 2. It is inspired by the successful documentary ‘A Charmed Life’ on the life of Eddie Martin Noble who volunteered with the RAF during WW2. Eddie wrote his memoirs in book called Jamaican Airman in 1984. For more information on Eddie visit: www.charmedlifecampaign.wordpress.com

The project had the following outcomes:

  • Production of a short film and booklet that will further raise the profile of the contributions of the African and Caribbean communities in the armed forces locally and nationally
  • Give young people a better understanding of war and conflict and their own personal motivations around their future careers and personal development
  • Support the future development of Black History Months and events around cultural diversity and heritage in the borough


Project Delivery

This was achieved by recruiting young people from Alexandra Park School in Haringey as well as young people from Marcus Garvey Library Teenage Reading   Group. In total over 10 young people were involved aged from 14-25 with over half being young women.

Individuals and community organisations from the African and Caribbean community who represented or supported ex service men and women were approached. We recruited 7 people ages ranging from 30 to 80s old who were involved in the following conflicts WW2, Mau Mau, Burma, Falklands, Bosnia and Iraq.

Briefing sessions took place to support the young people to learn about film making and interviewing techniques when engaging with older people.

Filming and interviews took place in November 2009 and March 2010 at Marcus Garvey Library in Haringey.