Full Effect by The Royal Foundation

The project was created following a visit Prince Harry to St Ann’s in the autumn of 2013, after which he asked The Royal Foundation to consider how it might best contribute to reducing youth violence, an area to which he remains committed to helping.

Full Effect is working with two local partners in Nottingham, Epic Partners and the Community Recording Studio (CRS) to deliver the project. Prior to Royal Foundation involvement, these two organisations had no history of working together. The project is comprised of two strands: early intervention and targeted support for vulnerable primary and secondary school children and also supporting young people to become leaders, providing a support network to other young people in St Ann's.



  • 15 young people produced and acted in a short film called Guillemot. This film embodied their own lives and all of the scenes were borne out of their own experiences and ideas of life in St Ann's. To date, the film has garnered 12,698 views on YouTube.
  • A group of 28 children who were identified as 'most at risk' has received intensive support, involving 1-1 sessions and group sessions.
  • Children aged 12-16 have been supported through youth sessions to develop their musical talents and have had the opportunity to showcase these at events such as Party in the Park. Most recently, a modern ballet/rap performance of Romeo and Juliet was performed by 20 young people at a theatre in Nottingham.
  • CRS remains a place where young people "never really leave" and can always return for support, providing an important safety net to young people.
  • Summer, community-based sports activities reached over 200 children. Other activities included a residential narrow boat trip (two nights) and a day-trip to London.

Guillemot is a bittersweet tale of young romance set against the backdrop of peers, pressure and a brutally adult world. A film developed around the real life experiences of the young people involved from St. Ann's, Nottingham. See what happened when Dominic West went to interview the cast of the film: See more about it at our official pages below.