WE ARE CREATIVE SPARKWORKS
A visual arts training & employment charity in Lambeth, London
Working closely within the community, we’ve been changing young vulnerable people’s lives in the past 10 years by increasing their technical and life skills, their confidence and employability, through our free inclusive courses Film with Health in MIND & Design with Health in MIND. We continue supporting them to have a voice for decreasing stigma and discrimination and increasing diverse representation in the industry for years to come.
We exist to support creative young minds and talents from disadvantaged groups of young people including those with lived-experience of mental health issues, those facing poverty and homelessness, and young carers. We nurture their first spark of interest and ambition with hands-on free technical and employability skills training led by practicing young industry professionals; we strive to source paid work for our trainees through our established links in the industry of film, TV and design. Underpinned with mentoring from inspirational practitioners and industry representatives, our nationally accredited courses build self-confidence and instil professional standards, with work placements paid at the London Living Wage.
93% of our beneficiaries achieve paid work or gain places in higher education. We are pleased that students maintain contact over years not months sustaining our tailored support for job opportunities, networking, masterclasses, signposting to further and higher education. We offer in-house freelance employment in ‘LAMBETH WALK FILMS’ , our alumni peer production unit which responds to requests from local businesses, charities and musicians to create promotional film and video content.
Our students were employed and paid to film the famous Lambeth Country Show this summer & with dedication, preparation & excitement our crew were well-equipped & supported by young industry professionals to do a great job capturing the important event of the year.
We work with a wide range of talented young adults aged 18 – 30+ from under-represented groups who are passionate to start a career in the film and TV sector. We wedge open the door of opportunity for them with our free film courses, led by dedicated industry professionals who share their up to date expertise. The media workshop also provides a safe space for valuable socializing and friendship groups for like-minded individuals. Personal development is supported by experienced key workers specializing in youth and mental wellbeing.