A TRAINING film made by a Winchester group about people with learning disabilities is gaining national recognition.

Freddie’s Story is a 20-minute piece that was created by the Blue Apple Theatre company.

The group, backed by Winchester Mencap, stages several shows each year with actors of all abilities.

It was asked by NHS chiefs to make the documentary, which was filmed on in Basingstoke.

It includes face to camera teaching from both actors with learning disabilities and a hospital consultant with a summary at the end.

Health chiefs from the south coast to the Scottish Borders are now using the film, along with Mencap as part of its ‘Getting it Right’ campaign.

Blue Apple Theatre founding director Jane Jessop said: “This is a truly exciting good news story: talented local performers from Blue Apple Theatre are using their skills to make a difference to the lives of their peers on a national scale.”

Small charities can buy the training film for £40, while the cost for other groups is £295 and it can then be shown to all staff.

Visit www.blueappletheatre.com for more details.