Linda Charles

Chair, Alumni Network

Tell us about your background

I’m from London originally, but grew up in a Children’s Home in Kent and then came back to London. I’m a creche worker, so spend my days with young children. I have two lovely sons, and whenever I get the opportunity, I like going away on trips with them.

What is your role at See Change Films?

I am the chair of the alumni network and act as a mentor, supporting and helping our film trainees in all aspects of filmmaking. Generally I try to make them feel more relaxed by sharing my own experiences of the film training.

Why and how did you get involved with See Change Films?

I was having problems with my son, who has ADHD, and we were referred to Families Forward. They told us about a film training course that I could do with my sons, and my nephews were also able to take part. Straight from the start, I was really excited about the opportunity to learn all these new skills, and making our film, Family Time, was such an important experience for me and my family. Later I was offered the opportunity to come back as a mentor, which I though was a perfect way to give something back.

If you could change one thing in the world what would it be?

If I had to choose one thing, it would have to be a world without poverty. There are too many people – in this country too – suffering and not having enough to eat. No child should ever have to worry about when they are going to get their next meal.