We have celebrated our 13th Anniversary on April 12th!
WE HAVE CELEBRATED OUR 13TH BIRTHDAY! founded in 2008 and becoming a charity in 2012, we have from our inception been based in the heart of our community in North Lambeth. Our programs and projects respond to local need for all ages and abilities to increase wellbeing, education, skills and employment through the arts especially for young people with lived experience of mental health issues, homelessness and poverty, and young carers.
Learn2Film2£arn (Film with Health in MIND) was born in response to requests from young people in our locality in 2013; since when we have delivered industry approved and funded film skills and employment training courses to over 100 young adults, 85% of whom have moved into paid entry level work in the industry, 5% entered higher education, 5% are in fulltime other jobs or training. We are proud of the inclusivity of our courses; they engage the widest demographic of young adults encompassing BAME, disability, gender, educational attainment- and the difference these young people tell us it makes to their lives.
“Creative Sparkworks has changed my life. They have given me the confidence and opportunity to pursue a career in film. Their continued support and guidance is invaluable. They are friendly and accessible, they really help you individually. It’s not just an organisation it’s a community that I’m proud to be part of. I have endless gratitude and respect for every member of Creative Sparkworks.”
Our first Learn2Film2£arn (Film with Health in MIND) group funded by the Awards For All – we had one camera, 2 laptops with which trainees made ‘Vauxhall Voices: Community Bridges’ documentary.
Our trainees first commissioned paid project for the Ethelred Estate Funday for 3,000 people.
Tutor explaining to new group of trainees how a dolly and track can be used.
The group on day one of their course, who went on to make Jilted.
The group filming their first commissioned piece of Shahma drumming group.
The latest group of young trainees who worked on a commission for Lambeth Council to make the film of this year’s Lambeth Country Show.
Trainees in the Old Fire Station being filmed by Mohammed.
The masked trainees outside the Old Fire Station.
Learn2Make2£arn (Film with Health in MIND) wellbeing and community program began in 2010 for hard to reach unemployed young people aged 16 to 25; it became the inspiration for our film skills and employment training courses. Participants built their confidence, creativity, design craft skills, business and employability skills, which culminated in sales at markets throughout London.
Intergenerational wellbeing projects included free craft skills workshops for isolated local residents, who have created public art pieces for their local communities since 2009 in textiles, mosaics and ceramics. We are happy to still offer these workshops from time to time.