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Because mortality will affect everyone at some point and yet people find it almost impossible to talk about.

 A band of young musicians accompanied by a narrator/performer and original animation.

The script, musical score and animation to produce a live version.

A video comprising animated narrative with recorded musical accompaniment.

“Project Eileen is shining a light on an issue that has been taboo for far too long, despite affecting young people in a whole host of ways. After losing my closest friend age 19, I felt isolated, and my friends and peers struggled to deal with it as much as I did. I really think Project Eileen will provide support for those young individuals who have lost someone close in age, but also, and perhaps more importantly, show others how to comprehend and help younger people who are dealing with grief.” 

Bryan Lynch

Deputy Director of Social Work

Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

Designed to go into secondary schools, this multi-media programme, based on the story Eileen, combines original animation, music and script and looks at the impact of death on a group of teenagers about to take their GCSEs. Schools can choose from one of three versions:

Schools will be supplied with support information, links and resource packs which will form the basis of a series of discussions to take place in follow-up lessons.

By normalising the topic of death, it is anticipated young people will find themselves in a better position to deal with any loss they will one day encounter, sometimes unexpectedly. 

For those who have not yet encountered death in their lives, they will discover ways to respond to their friends who have been bereaved. In the future, this knowledge will enable them to offer support to colleagues, friends and relatives.

For young people who have been affected by death already in their lives, it is hoped that it will help them to feel less isolated and to realise they are not alone. 

It seeks to help prevent some of the mental health issues that can be triggered by complicated grief.

2020 will see the pilot version go live  in two secondary schools for Years 9 and 10. 

Subsequently, Project Eileen will be available to all UK secondary schools.

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“We spend thousands of hours teaching our children on everything from physics, geometry, to the dreaded ‘sex education’ lessons. But not one hour of the school curriculum is devoted to that inescapable nature of our own mortality -  how to deal with death. To be human is to be mortal. Project Eileen is a ground-breaking attempt to arm our children with a mechanism to break the social taboos around death.” 

Kevin Toolis

Author of My Father’s Wake: How the Irish Teach Us to Live, Love and Die


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Community Base 

113 Queens Road

Brighton BN1 3XG

Telephone: 07594 198632