Birthday 3

Launch of Birthday

24 June 2021 2:00pm – 3:00pmBST (+01:00)
Virtual (WpStream)

Your invitation to an exciting livestream event of a new film resource for young people: The film will raise awareness of the lifelong consequences of drinking during pregnancy.

It’s society’s acceptable drug, a part of everyday life but drinking during pregnancy can cause lifelong harm and lead to fetal/foetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD).

We are delighted to invite you to be part of this livestream launch of Birthday, a brand-new film aimed at young adults to raise awareness of the harm caused by drinking during pregnancy.

Did you know?

  • It’s estimated that 41% of pregnancies in the UK are alcohol exposed.
  • Recent prevalence research shows that FASD may affect 1.8% of children.  Therefore approximately 619 babies are born every year in Greater Manchester with FASD and the same number enter the education system each September requiring additional health and educational support to fulfil their potential.
  • FASD is a range of lifelong disabilities that includes physical, mental, behavioural and learning impairments.  It often causes difficulties with speech, language, memory, attention, planning and decision-making.

The new film aims to stimulate conversations to overcome the entrenched societal perceptions and misconceptions of drinking during pregnancy by exploring youth culture and alcohol in relation to sex and relationships without alienating or stigmatising the target audience.

To structure conversations prompted by the film, a set of lesson plan resources are also available.

Developed by Oldham Theatre Workshop on behalf of the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership the film follows the success of the original interactive theatre performance and educational workshop that toured secondary schools in Bury, Oldham, Rochdale and Tameside in 2019 attended by over 5,000 young people.

Event details

To see extracts of Birthday and meet the team behind the film you can reserve your place as above for this unique one hour livestream event.

The launch will start promptly at 2pm and will be of great interest to teachers, educators, and youth work leaders of young people in both the formal and non-formal education system.

Places are not limited, and we welcome anybody with an interest in preventing prenatal alcohol harm or raising awareness of FASD.

To access the livestream (web-based virtual event) please check your IT and firewall settings in advance.  The livestream link is Oldham Theatre Workshop | Birthday Film Launch.

We hope that you can join us for this exciting event and help to break the cycle of alcohol-exposed pregnancies for good.

Should you have queries regarding the programme, please feel free to contact:

Róisín Reynolds (She/Her) ¦ Senior Advisor – Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies at roisin.reynolds1@nhs.net or mobile 07970 274923

Rachael Nielsen ¦ Alcohol Exposed Pregnancies and Smokefree Pregnancy Programme Manager at rachael.nielsen@nhs.net or mobile 07970 275591

Questions about this event?

Name: Michelle Davies

Email: michelle.davies9@nhs.net

Telephone: 07710 152805

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