Supported by an amazing company Arena Flowers, The GLA and our new partnership with the Black men for change Project we are incredibly proud present a summary of our impacts for our work in the mental health and well being space.

Our work on mental health is an implied part of our engagement with young people as we invariably introduce key topics, issues and impacts on our mental health through the different engagement methods.

In this case our work with Operation Smiles was framed as a project designed to relief boredom as a result of the pandemic, but effectively it provided great opportunities to

  • review young peoples attitudes towards lockdown
  • understand the effect of the lockdown on the community
  • develop solutions to improving our own mental health

The Operation Smiles project represented the beginnings of a much deeper and longer programme of work focused on developing a team of mental health peer leaders. The Peer Programme will be embedded into a number of our community projects, programmes and provide an opportunity for our young people to gain valuable work experience. As we progress the programme we will be involving

  • 4 Young Minds
  • Universal Board Games
  • Gamcare
  • Black Men for Change
  • OSTC
  • Money A & E
  • ED Tree

We look forward to continuing this work as lockdown eases.

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Join us for an amazing 5 week programme of creative fun engagement and immersive learning with sector leaders and professionals. Learn about our unsung creative heroes and heroins and how they did their work and the challenges they had to overcome to achieve success. All sessions will be infused with talks on how to access industry, how to make documentary how we maintain our health and well being despite the challenges. All sessions will involve industry professionals

BBC and Chanel 4 Journalist Seyi Rhodes, Thomas Bird Set Designer, Ibby Njoya and host or create specialist from a new creative network called The Shoal Collective. The Black History Month programme consists of

WORKSHOP 1 3rd October Basics of photography and basic of documentary making

Taking through the process of taking a photograph, how to use a camera. Choosing your subject and developing a concept.

WORKSHOP 2 10th October Basics of Moving images and how to animate these

An introduction to film-making ,How to craft a moving image and the way film is used today.

WORKSHOP 3 – 17th October Basics of set design

Talking about the history of set design, black theatre designers, production designer and set designers

WORKSHOP 4 – 24th October

Basics of set design and talk about the industry and the freelance industry


Bringing together all the skills the young people have learn over the past four weeks to create a series of images