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ROPE stars shine in TV series

Posted: 10am 15 Dec 2021

A new TV series is taking people behind the scenes of Redcliffe charity ROPE.

The ground-breaking series gives ROPE participants the chance to showcase the things they do and the programs they attend.

ROPE provides support to people living with intellectual disabilities by empowering personal development with information, education and life skills training.

CEO Wes Bleakley says ROPE TV, which screens monthly episodes, launched in August and has been a great success.

Wes had worked with Trending Media Australia to create a video promotion for ROPE when director Aaron Lucas suggested making it a regular gig.

Fresh ideas

“Brochures were getting boring, so we decided to do a video,” Wes says.

“Then Aaron said to me one day ‘what about we do something like a TV program?’.

“It’s wildly different to what the disability sector has done before.

“We’re getting in excess of 2500 viewers a month – and they’re not just the families of ROPE participants.”

Wes says working with the team at Trending Media is a joy.

“I give them the content and they do the creative aspect.

“The way they interact with our participants is great – they bring out the best in them.”

Each episode is hosted by ROPE participants, who introduce segments from ROPE reporters highlighting activities and programs.

“It’s been really cool to see them grow and develop - they’ve taken on those roles really well and one of the team, Cameron, is now doing work experience at Trending Media.

“The plan was always that we would start filming with four hosts and then get others involved.

“They’re loving every minute of it.”

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