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TV drama starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham filmed at Parkhaven Trust

TV drama starring Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham filmed at Parkhaven Trust

by Henry James (September 2021)

CARE provider Parkhaven Trust in Maghull was the location of an acclaimed TV drama screened last week.

The Channel 4 drama ‘Help’ stars Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham and is now available to watch on All 4 after it was first shown on Channel 4 on Thursday, September 16.

The empty Kyffin Taylor building on Deyes Lane, Maghull was the setting for the drama, which is set in a fictional Liverpool care home.

It involves a moving story about the relationship between a young care home worker (Comer) and a patient (Graham), whose lives are changed forever by the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic in spring 2020.

The drama comes from BAFTA award-winning writer Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials, National Treasure) and BAFTA award-winning director Marc Munden (The Third Day, Utopia).

The team at Parkhaven Trust were delighted to welcome the film crew.

Parkhaven Trust chief executive Kim Crowe said: “We were approached by the producers of the drama and we were thrilled to allow them the use of an empty building that belongs to the Trust.

“The film crew and actors were very accommodating, even taking photos with some of our staff at a Covid safe distance!

“Telling the story of the past 12 months in social care is incredibly important.

“It has been an extremely challenging time for our residents, their families and our staff; any medium that shines a light on this issue and the dedication of our front line workers during this time is welcomed.”

Meanwhile, Sefton Council’s Adult Social Care and Health bosses have written to the borough’s care home owners and managers reminding staff where they can find support and counselling if they are distressed after watching Help.

In a letter, Deborah Butcher, Sefton Council’s executive director for adult social care and health and Fiona Taylor, chief officer, NHS South Sefton and NHS Southport and Formby CCGs have sent a reminder of the free services available.

Deborah Butcher said: “This is an important story that needs to be told but it could bring back distressing memories and emotions for people who were working so hard to care for residents at the time in what could be traumatic conditions with little information.

“We want to highlight to any care home works affected by watching this drama, that help and support is available to them, and have written to all care home owners and managers to remind them what resources their staff can access."

In Sefton, these include wellbeing and counselling services Qwell, Listening Ear and the Cheshire and Merseyside Resilience HUB, although for some staff, talking it through with colleagues or a manager may be enough.

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