WE ARE CREATIVE SPARKWORKS
A visual arts training & employment charity in Lambeth, London
Working closely within the community, we’ve been changing young people’s lives in the past 10 years by increasing their technical and life skills, their confidence and entry-level paid jobs, through our free inclusive courses Film with Health in MIND & Design with Health in MIND.
93% of our beneficiaries achieve paid work or gain places in higher education. 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 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.
THE DIFFERENCE WE MAKE: Since 2008, the number of beneficiaries who have attended our free media & design courses has increased by over 300%. We have been funded to deliver 45 free programmes to increase skills, employability, well-being, with opportunities for paid work for disadvantaged young people from under-represented groups. This year, 2019, we are busy delivering 2 further free Film with Health in MIND courses. We showcase our students’ work to industry representatives as well as funders and families at public screenings each year, to raise the profile of what we do.
Over the years, 92% of our students have achieved more than one accreditation with the National Arts Award, and more recently with AQA Unit award scheme for technical skills and employability in support of achieving paid work.
We and our beneficiaries measure our success by the number of paid jobs they have gained, either full-time (20%), part-time freelance (60%), higher education (12%), or volunteering (for example with Thames Reach). We also employ them at the London Living wage as peer mentors and as crew for their youth production unit LAMBETH WALK FILMS.
Our students have worked for famous films including the 24th James Bond film Spectre, Legend, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them etc.
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 disadvantaged 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 accredited free film courses, led by dedicated industry professionals including Filmfixer, Film London, WFTV and Screen Skills 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.
Live action filming by the Film Forever and Creative Skillset funded ‘Film2Learn2£arn’ (Film with Health in MIND) course in the famous Lambeth Walk