COLLEEN HAS ASPERGERS AND HAS RECENTLY GRADUATED WITH AN MA IN MEDIA MANAGEMENT AND POLICY. SHE WORKS BETTER IN SMALL GROUPS AND ONE TO ONE AND COMES INTO THE HEADLINERS OFFICE EVERY WEEK TO DO RESEARCH AND STORY WORK. 

"I first got involved with Headliners five ears ago. I worked on a photography project and helped transcribe some interviews. It helped me to have more of a routine in my life and made me feel like I had a purpose, which made me feel good.

 “My next experience with Headliners was a few years later as a participant in their homeless film project about supported accommodation for young people, and how it has helped them live independently, with support from staff on site. At first I didn’t feel confident about talking to camera but the Headliners staff were really encouraging and said I came across very well.

It helped me to have more of a routine in my life and made me feel like I had a purpose, which made me feel good.

In the documentary I explained how living in Francis Street had helped me to prepare for living out on my own in the community in the future. I gave my opinion on the positives and negatives on this type of accommodation. I would hope this documentary would highlight awareness on how there is a need for more types of sheltered living projects in Northern Ireland and the UK.

 “Currently I come in to Headliners once a week to work on research and help out if there is anything that needs done. It helps to add structure to my life and gives me some focus, as I am not in employment at the minute. I am also hoping over time that I gain confidence in my ability. In the future I would hope to be involved in some sort of media organisation like Headliners or write for a magazine.

“Im really grateful to Headliners for letting me come in every week and do what I love which is research and write."