The Immortals started life two years ago, as a project created by four young people from Barnsley, and as a partnership between Creative Recovery and Young Addaction. Although the project involved making information about alcohol and drugs accessible to youngsters, it also held alcohol and drug free events for teenagers between 14 – 18, involving music, art, crafts, food and a safe place for teenagers to interact and have fun – organised by teenagers for teenagers.
The name The Immortals is derived from the term getting mortal’d and the notion that you don’t need to drink to have a good time.
Earlier this year, the original Immortals, Eva Emmerson, Demi Cash, Callum Wilson and Charlotte Roberts, wrote and produced a video about the organisation. Last week, the four of them were invited to parliament, were they won the Marsh Media Award for the film they made and for how they used media to talk about alcohol to young people in a way that was accessible and teen-friendly.
They won a prize of £500 which they have donated back into the project to be used towards to projects.
At the House of Lords, they were awarded their certificate and prize by Baroness Steadman Scott. However, they were more impressed by the fact that Amy Winehouse’s sister, Jane, was there representing the Amy Winehouse Foundation and took time out to speak to them.
Lorna Szkliniarz, of Young Addaction, said ‘it was recognition of their commitment to the Immortals and the creativity they brought to the project. They enjoyed every bit of the fuss that people made of them and quite right too.’
To keep up to date with future events by The Immortals, visit the following links. Maybe if you’re a musicians or artist, you’d like to donate your time or working with The Immortals then contact Lorna on firstname.lastname@example.org