We are delighted to be celebrating our 1st anniversary as a charity - and what a year it has been! We are really proud of all we’ve achieved and want to share our top 10 highlights with you.
1. SEE CHANGE FILMS THE CHARITY IS BORN
One year ago we gathered in the beautiful city of Cambridge to celebrate our official launch as a charity. We were thrilled with the turn-out and great line-up of speakers including Steve Crossan, Head of Google’s non-profit work in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and founder of the Google Cultural institute, Chris Smart, Chair of our Trustees, Jonty Perchard, from Kensington & Chelsea Council and Linda Charles, former trainee and now Chair of our Alumni. The evening raised over £5,000 to extend our work to more people whose voice might otherwise remain unheard.
2. ANOTHER GREAT COLLABORATION WITH FAMILIES FORWARD
In our third year of collaborating with Families Forward of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council (RBKC), we trained a group of four families to make films about social issues they are passionate about. These powerful documentaries explore the impact of gentrification on a local London community, the power of skateboarding in young people’s lives and the importance of diverse female role models.
“I have seen a different side to my daughters through the experience of filmmaking. I was surprised by how mature and interesting the ideas were that they offered, and they enjoyed the process so much. It made me very proud. I feel we have created a lifelong memory together.”
-Salima, film trainee
3. THE LAUNCH OF OUR MENTORING PROGRAMME
We were delighted to welcome back five former course participants as mentors. They supported our new participants over 3-months whilst developing their own filmmaking and leadership skills. See what one of our mentors, Levi, had to say about his journey with See Change Films:
4. A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH ACTION FOR CHANGE
Over the past few months we have been training a group of women who have had their children removed from their care. Their powerful and important documentary captures the experiences these parents faced and recommends timely changes to the system so that families receive the support they need. The group’s film, entitled ‘Without My Child’, will have its premiere in late June at the Curzon Cinema in Victoria.
5. IT’S ALL ABOUT INNOVATION
In our latest collaboration with Camfed – a charity supporting the education of girls and young women’s empowerment in sub Saharan Africa - we documented the charity’s Innovation Bursary Programme in Ghana. The film follows the stories of five exceptional young female social entrepreneurs as they work to bring about lasting change in their rural communities.
“We’re incredibly pleased with the film. It’s a powerful, emotive, honest portrayal of what we wanted to convey - the challenging conditions that many young women in rural Africa face, but also what they can achieve with the right support - there is a message of hope coming through.”
-Catherine Boyce, Director of Enterprise Development, Camfed
6. EXPLORING THE POWER OF FILM WITH YOUNG PEOPLE
We were delighted to partner with the Youth Offending Team of RBKC to run a 3-month film-training course for young people involved in offending. For their film project, the group chose to explore the prejudice that young people face in their lives. The course proved to be a great success and we are thrilled to have received another commission to work on new project with young people this summer. Watch the group’s documentary, ‘Spread the Word’.
7. SCALING OUR WORK
Our CEO of See Change Films, Helen Cotton, was selected out of approximately 130 social entrepreneurs to participate on the Scale Up Course at the School for Social Entrepreneurs. The course, designed for charities and social enterprises looking at ways to increase their income and impact, has been instrumental in helping us to think through how to scale the charity, whilst putting in place systems to ensure its success.
8. INVESTING IN OUR PARTICIPANTS LONG-TERM
Thanks to a £15,000 grant from the Scale Up Couse, we have been able to focus on developing and expanding our alumni programme. To mark the launch of this programme, we invited graduates from different training courses to meet each other and to put forward ideas for how to shape the alumni. The plans include one-to-one mentoring, accreditation for our mentoring programme and the opportunity to make more films. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone again in July!
9. ANOTHER WONDERFUL PREMIERE
The culmination of all our training courses is a special event that celebrates the remarkable work of our participants and 2015 was no exception. The great and the good gathered at Kensington and Chelsea Town Hall for our film premiere and photography exhibition. Read more about this unforgettable night in our blog post.
10. A DOCUMENTARY CELEBRATING THE POWER OF THE ARTS
The Orpheus Centre - a specialised college supporting young disabled adults through performing arts - commissioned us to capture their outreach programme on film. Their work shows the power of performing arts to build confidence, self expression and unite people around a common cause. It was a privilege to work on this project and we are delighted that the Orpheus Centre loved the final film - why not have a look for yourself?
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