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.
The launch was attended by over 70 people who gathered to hear about our work and what we have in store for the future. It was a beautiful evening, not only to see so many people there to support us, but also to see the magnificent views of Cambridge and the unexpectedly breathtaking sunset.
Our Founder and CEO Helen Cotton started off the evening by explaining why she set up See Change Films. She spoke about how the technical side of learning filmmaking is just one part of our work. The courses create a place where everyone is listened to with respect; we aim to instil confidence in our trainees so that they can go back to their communities and become part of the dialogue for change. Not only does our new charitable status align with the visions and aims of See Change Films, it also creates opportunities for new sources of funding which will, ultimately, enable us to extend our reach, to support more people through our training courses.
Two of our alumni shared their stories of how See Change Films has benefited their lives. First up was Al-kabir who showed a film he produced during his time with See Change Films about gangs. Al-kabir is a natural born filmmaker with an extraordinary eye. We are so proud that he is one of our alumni.
Secondly, Chair of our Alumni Linda Charles spoke about her experiences of working with See Change Films and how much her confidence has grown. Linda said that before joining See Change Films, she never thought she would be able to speak in front of such a large group of people, but now she has even bigger plans, her aim is to have an audience with David Cameron. She wants to explain to him how the language used to describe marginalised individuals in society is damaging and how she wants our country to be a fairer place.
We were delighted to have Steve Crossan, Head of Google’s non-profit work in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and founder of the Google Cultural Institute, as our keynote speaker. He spoke to us about how Google is using technology to ensure that the voices of even the most marginalised individuals can be heard.
Jonty Perchard from Families Forward of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea spoke about the impact our courses are having on the lives of young people and families that he works with. He also explained why our partnership works so well: "It's about a shared vision to create a supportive and empowering environment where people can come together and create powerful films about issues that they care about".
It would be remiss of us not mention our Board Member Robbie Stamp’s debut as an auctioneer. We launched the See Change Promises, which is 'the promise to move someone on in life'. We auctioned off a range of promises to our guests and each successful bidder received their very own certificate. Robbie resided over the Auction of Promises as if he’d been doing so his whole life. We can’t thank those who donated enough for your good humour, your generosity and your faith in the work that we do- it really means a lot to us.
The evening closed with a speech from the Chair of our Board, Chris Smart. Chris explained our plans to scale our activities and, as a first step, to extend our work to Cambridge, where there are many people who could benefit.
We hope those of you who joined us at the launch had a wonderful evening. We were sorry to miss those who could not make it. Collaboration will be key to our future success so if you have ideas, contacts or resources you would like to share with us please drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hopefully we'll see you all very soon at our next premiere.