Invitation to watch Clarissa – a film from Groundswell

Healthwatch England have been in touch with Alan Knobel, Manager of the Portsmouth Homelessness Unit to provide details of a film which he thinks might prove useful in terms of our general discussions and understanding around homeless healthcare.

This important film aims to create change through insights within the storyline of the main character, Clarissa. Her story is one of trauma, the importance of trust, and how this impacts someone’s experiences of healthcare. It has been woven together from real experiences of people trying to access the healthcare system while facing homelessness in the UK.

Groundswell would like to invite you to join one of the virtual film screenings, followed by Q&A and discussion with regional panellists to give attendees an opportunity to reflect on issues voiced in the film and consider how small changes in practice or policy could create a better experience and ultimately better health for the people they support.  The film will be screened virtually across nine regions of the UK over the next few weeks; if you’re unable to attend the screening in your region, you are very welcome at one of the others. 

For more details of screening dates and to book your place, follow this link – where you can also watch the film trailer.  https://groundswell.org.uk/clarissa/

London & South East England – Friday 8 October 2021, 3pm

North East England & Yorkshire – Monday 11 October 2021, 3pm

North West England – Tuesday 12 October 2021, 10am

Midlands – Wednesday 13 October 2021, 10am

East England – Monday 18 October 2021, 3pm

South West England – Tuesday 19 October 2021, 10am

Wales – Wednesday 20 October 2021, 3pm

Scotland – Thursday 21 October 2021, 3pm

Northern Ireland – Friday 22 October 2021, 10am

Clarissa was made by Chris Godwin from Inner Eye Productions in collaboration with Groundswell; screenwriter and producer Jimmy McGovern was a story consultant on the film.  It has been funded by the Wellcome Trust.

CONTENT WARNING: Clarissa explores themes relating to childhood abuse, drug taking and drug dependency. Should you need further support in relation to these issues, please see the Support Resources for a list of organisations you can contact.