We always deliver our training courses in close partnership with organisations that share our ethos and values and work alongside highly skilled practitioners. One such person is Cornetta Williams, who works as practitioner for Action for Change of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Today we chat about her experience of working with See Change Films, the importance of respecting everyone’s truth and why she believes in sharing stories through film.
Championing our trainees is at the heart of our work and this week we’re sharing the story of Louise, one of the women who produced and directed, ‘Without My Child’. This poignant and timely documentary explores the affects of having your child removed from your care through the eyes of those who have experienced it. Their powerful testimonies highlight the need for greater support for parents involved in care proceedings.
Having always been interested in filming and photography, Louise was keen to participate in our film-training course, which was delivered in partnership with, Action for Change - a new initiative supporting parents who have had a child removed from their care. Read more about Louise’s journey towards a new kind of confidence in herself and her abilities.
As a growing charity, we feel it is essential to define and develop the ‘See Change Methodology’, which embodies the culture of our organisation. This will not only help us better understand the value of our work and what makes us special, but will also help communicate our work to current and future participants and team members, partners, funders and larger audiences in a clear and coherent way. This is why we decided to run a series of workshops to discuss and define our culture and methodology. Read more to find out about the process and outcomes of the workshops.
As a charity we love collaborating with organisations and other charities that share our ethos and values. One such recent collaboration was creating and producing a documentary for Orpheus Centre - a specialised college supporting young disabled adults in their transition to independent living, helping students gain confidence through performing arts.
Orpheus Centre commissioned See Change Films to produce a film capturing the journeys and development of individual students during their outreach project together with Kings College.Read more to find out what Selina Bartlett, the Community Fundraiser at Orpheus Centre, had to say about working on this documentary project with us.
Building strong partnerships and embracing innovative collaboration with other charities and organisations is a core part of the philosophy behind See Change Films. We believe that in order to deliver training courses that can really spark a positive change, it is crucial to work closely with partner organisations and to understand their needs.
This week we talk to Emma Balogun, a Senior Practitioner at the Youth Offending Team of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC). Emma played an important role in our recent partnership with RBKC, when we ran a 3-month film-training course for young people involved in offending.
This week we talk to Tiago and Abdul, both recent graduates from our film-training project in partnership with the Youth Offending Team of Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Over the course of last 3 months Tiago and Abdul came together with other young people to learn technical filmmaking skills and to produce a short documentary on their chosen topic.
Last Thursday evening premiered the remarkable work of our 2015 film and photography participants at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall. The film premiere and photography exhibition showcased our participants’ work which champions causes close to their hearts.
The event also marked three years of continued collaboration between See Change Films and Families Forward of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC), and introduced a new partnership with the Youth Offending Team of RBKC.
Ahead of this year’s graduation, we are catching up with our brilliant trainees – sharing their stories and hearing what they thought about their film-training with See Change Films and Families Forward of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. This week we meet up with Salima, who is about to graduate from our film-training course with her two daughters Soraya, 11, and Kiera, 7.
For Salima, one of the most important aspects of the filmmaking experience has been the feeling of being able to create something original, as well as getting to spend time with her daughters outside the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
As part of Road Safety Week, which begins today, we take a look at the devastating impact drink-driving can have on young people’s lives. We talk to Matthew Poll, Commercial Director at More Than and Natalie Tickle, Charity and Community Manager at RSA Insurance Group about their road safety campaign.
They commissioned See Change Films to produce a documentary framing the issue of road safety in a way that young people can relate to. They wanted to focus on the story of Jason, a young man whose life was changed forever by his decision to drive under the influence.
“What made the training experience really special was that I was learning all this together with Lucia and Seb - we do a lot of things as a family but this project was something completely different for us to do to together.”
The graduation of our this year's trainees in December is fast approaching, marking the culmination of our four-month training process with young people and families in partnership with Families Forward of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea (RBKC) . At the graduation we will showcase the documentaries our trainees have produced on subjects they care passionately about. This week we speak to Olivera, who took part in the See Change Films and Families Forward's training course with her children Sebastian, 16, and Lucia, 8.
This week we speak to John Kinnear from the Family Holiday Association about his experience of working with us. For the Family Holiday Association, the collaborative and holistic approach of See Change Films not only helped to create authentic and engaging films but also gave their clients a valuable experience in filmmaking, and the chance to express their thoughts and feelings.
When new team members join See Change Films we always ask them this question "If you could change one thing, what would it be?" Some of them struggled to come up with just one thing, but that's ok, no one ever changed the world by always sticking to the rules!
We first met Al-Kabir when he attended one of our training courses two years ago. Since then he has grown from a trainee filmmaker to a mentor and never fails training others in filmmaking and storytelling. In our interview Al-Kabir tells us about his journey to Britain as a refugee, the impact that film-training has had on his life and his future career aspirations.
This week we took some time to talk with 15-year-old Cleon, one of our former trainees turned mentor. Cleon and several other past participants have come back to See Change Films and Families Forward through our mentorship programme to support our new trainees on their filmmaking journey. Through this programme, mentors can then progress to assistant film trainers and eventually work alongside the See Change team as paid film trainers. In this blog, we will be introducing our new mentors and following their progress throughout the course.
On the 3rd June, See Change Films had its official charity launch in Cambridge. We are extremely grateful to Mills and Reeve, who kindly let us use their wonderful space, and to RSA Insurance Group, who sponsored the event.
Today we’re chatting with Linda Charles, Chair of our Alumni Network. When we first decided to set up the Alumni Network, we wanted to ensure that our trainees develop their skills and confidence long after the cameras stop rolling. It is important to us that the change that begins in the courses can continue, so through the Alumni Network, past course participants are provided with additional training and support to tell their stories and become champions of the change they want to see in their communities.