After a very hectic Easter finishing up Frank & Ferdinand and getting reorganised ready for the new financial year, we're now preparing for our showing of The Secret Millionaire on Channel 4 next week (9pm, Tuesday 17 May).
We first met Lyn Cecil when she called us all innocently asking whether we needed volunteers. Not a normal volunteer - the next call was from a Channel 4 researcher telling us that Lyn would be accompanied by a film crew and documentary director. He told us it was for a show called Silver Surfers, a documentary about 65+ year olds getting more involved in community work.
Lyn stayed with us for a week or two and was a genuinely useful, friendly volunteer. Nevermind that we had to do most things twice to allow for as many different camera angles as possible. She was fun and bright and our young people liked her immediately - which is interesting given her professed fear of children.
You can see how it all turned out on Channel 4 next Tuesday (if you miss it it's on 4 On Demand afterwards). We're excited about seeing it, if not a little apprehensive.
As you'll see, the money that Lyn donated to us has made a big difference to what we do so it's with some excitement that we're looking forward to the next part of our year. Summer is always dominated by exams when you're working primarily with young people but we've come up with some really exciting projects that make the most of the way the next few months are structured. They're all quite experimental, smaller-scale pieces and it's a great chance for us to explore some new ideas ahead of a full season announcement in September.
We'll be announcing all our activities for June and July in the next few days.