Background to the Pulled Both Ways Project
Glynis Wright formerly of Glynis Wright & Co and family law partner at Nelsons & Soft Touch Arts have been working on Pulled Both Ways since 2017. The project has won awards for its ground-breaking and innovative approach to a challenging issue which touches on so many children’s lives. The project has used short films to highlight the emotional effects of parental divorce on children when handled insensitively by parents
Two sets of films were made by young people in 2017 and 2018 and stage 3 of the project has involved students from Beauchamp City Sixth Form creating 4 new films which give a parental perspective, and Leicester College graphic design students working on creating campaign graphics to promote the films. The students worked on the project between November 2022 and June 2023. The films ask parents how they could have done things better when looking at custody of children during and after divorce and/or highlighting how they handled things well, complimenting the films that have already been made. This project has kindly been sponsored by Nelsons, Pukka Pies and De Montfort University alongside a grant from the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation.
The films were screened to an audience of family, friends and local businesses at De Montfort University on the evening of June 7th 2023 and certificates were awarded to the young people involved by Professor Ivan Browne, the Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire. The films were very well received and the young people got a chance to talk about the process and the skills and learning they got from involvement in the project.
“I just wanted to say a huge thank you for the work you've done with our students. Our principle was blown away by the quality of the work they had done, and the benefits of the process”. Kathryn Judge, Assistant Principal, English Beauchamp City Sixth Form
The Castle Business School at De Montfort University will be using the films within their curriculum to help change the way lawyers work with parents and to highlight that ethically they need to make parents aware of the need to consider their children in divorce and residency proceedings.
The films can be seen here:
2018 – 3 films
The campaign made by Leicester College graphic design students can be seen here: