Shared Sentences is a media training and film and audio production project engaging adults and young people in a creative filmmaking or radio production process. Over the course of 10-16 weeks, participants create short documentary content designed to make a positive impact in their community.

Shared Sentences is particularly aimed at those with experience of the criminal justice system, or in a vulnerable position due to their mental health or life circumstances.

By taking part in a Shared Sentences project, participants learn how to use professional video cameras and sound recording equipment, as well as learning interview technique, communication skills and how to use video and audio editing software. In addition to valuable transferable skills, participants are also able to gain a media qualification, supported by an educational partner.

We empower individuals to take active roles as citizens, making short film and radio content that engages with and supports their communities to foster positive change.

Sean-Paul, a Shared Sentences participant, had this to say about his experience:

“After many years of being negatively associated with the justice system in Scotland, this programme has finally gave me inspiration to open a new chapter in my life. It has done this by sparking my interest in producing short issue based documentaries and has given me the confidence to pursue this interest as a career.

“For many years I have struggled with mental health issues which I feel has prevented me from achieving many things that I could. Political issues in the local community has been a long standing personal interest and over the past few years I have found the frustration of not being listened to as a valued opinion. This programme gave me a voice, something I felt that I hadn’t had in a long time due to different issues.

“I intend to carry on developing in this field as not only is my confidence continuously increasing, I feel like a valued member of society who is able to educate others to issues that may go unnoticed in day-to-day life.”

Shared Sentences places public and community engagement at its heart, providing a powerful means for participants to investigate what builds a community.




East Lothian Activity Agreements
In early 2017 we completed our first East Lothian Activity Agreements course with East Lothian Council. This project uses the Shared Sentences model over 16-weeks and engages young people who are not in education, employment or training.

This is the first of six 16-week courses to take place before the end of 2019.



Vocal Carers Connect 2017
In 2017, we partnered with Vocal to deliver a 12 week podcasting course, using the Shared Sentences model with adult carers in Edinburgh.

Podcasts created by the Carers Connect group were broadcast on local community radio stations across Midlothian. Following the end of the course, the group has continued to create media content for radio within Vocal.


Shared Sentences 2014
In 2014, Media Education partnered with New College Lanarkshire to enable Shared Sentences participants to gain an approved NV3/4 in Creating Media Content.

Shared Sentences 2014 ran for 10 weeks and engaged adults serving a Community Payback Order. To watch more from this project, follow this link.


Shared Sentences 2013
In 2013, we were delighted to support Sean-Paul in accepting the Platinum Award for Film from the Koestler Trust, for his Shared Sentences film about the impact of the Bedroom Tax on local communities.

Shared Sentences 2013 ran for 10 weeks and engaged adults serving a Community Payback Order. To watch more from this project, follow this link.