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The Week That Was #228... 5 peeks behind the week at Working Word

Talking Spanish quarantine with The Telegraph. Announcing ‘The Future We Want’ with Orwell Foundation. Calling for the public sector to tackle their energy efficiency. Sharing the story of a beauty spot created for the local community. Showcasing how stories still matter.

It’s been another week of comms through the crisis at Working Word. Here’s five peeks behind our week…


1. Capital Law answer employment law questions on the Telegraph’s live travel blog

With this week’s news that Spain is back on the quarantine list, David Sheppard, an employment lawyer at Capital Law, took part in the Telegraph’s live travel blog on Wednesday, answering questions about the employment rights of those travellers returning from Spain who now need to quarantine but aren’t effectively able to work from home. David answered questions including ‘could those workers now be furloughed?’ (yes, in some circumstances) and ‘can those under quarantine claim statutory sick pay (SSP)?’ (not right now, no).


2. ‘The Future We Want’ with this year’s Orwell Youth Prize

Orwell Youth Prize from Working Word on Vimeo.

The theme for this year’s Orwell Youth Prize was The Future We Want and it struck a chord with young people across the UK as the prize received a record number of entries (over 1200) including essays, poetry, prose, and reportage on topics from climate change to living in a more equitable world. We created a series of films to promote the prize and the winners, which were chosen by the 2020 judges Kerry Hudson and Kayo Chingonyi.  Charlie Brooker sent a video message, cut with our glitchy graphics, praising one of the winners as an 'extremely unpleasant story’.  As the creator of Black Mirror, he’d know!


3. Climate change is still a reality

While the current pandemic is naturally at the forefront of all our minds, climate change is still a reality.  The world is warming and Wales still has targets to meet by 2030. Climate investments have been hailed as key to helping rebuild the economy post-pandemic, encouraging innovation, stimulating job creation and supporting our recovery in an environmentally friendly way.

Positive steps are already being taken with renewable energy and low emission transport plans, but more needs to be done to reduce emissions in the public sector if we are going to hit these targets. To highlight this, we worked with our client, Salix Finance (which provides interest-free funding to the public sector to improve install energy efficient tech) to draft a letter to editor calling on those working in the sector to consider tackling their energy efficiency. We secured coverage across a number of titles including the Western Mail, Free Press, South Wales Argus, Western Telegraph and Shropshire Star.


4. College learners create a natural beauty spot for the local community

Coleg y Cymoedd learners have teamed up with environmental activists to help protect an area of Welsh woodland that’s under the threat of development. The learners have helped to restore the site of Tynant Woodlands and Common, a designated SINC (Site of Importance for Nature Conservation) and create a community pond at the site which is thriving with wildlife and plantlife.

There had been plans to building housing on the land but the learners hope that creating a flourishing natural beauty spot to highlight the importance of the woodland to the area, will help deter future development. You can read more about the story on Wales 247 and FE News.


5. Stories Still Matter

Working Word Trailer - Stories Still Matter from Working Word on Vimeo.

Despite the challenges 2020 has thrown the world’s way, our team has continued to connect with audiences, hit the headlines, start conversations online and tell stories through film.  Take a look at our new trailer and give us a shout if we can help you tell your story to the people who matter.