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A Digital Voice for Gateshead

Groups use innovative media project to inform others about services.

Our social enterprise combies a high calibre of media skills with specialist facilitation skills... we couldn't find what we wanted - so we decided to develop out own.

Who Took Part

We invited several groups of people who live in Gateshead to take part in multimedia project. They are service users of Gateshead Young Women’s Outreach Project, Tyneside Women’s Health, The Lawnmowers Theatre Company and the Young and Proud group based at Teams Children’s Centre.

Purpose

    The free courses set out to:

  • improve employability
  • develop new media and I.T. skills and I.T in a creative way.
  • give a chance to try new activities
  • enable people to work in teams
  • What Happened

    We provided taster workshops in multimedia skills, then each group chose their favourite to concentrate their learning in. Some used video cameras and learned basic editing and the skills involved in successful VJ performance; that course culminated with a performance at a local club night.

    A group of refugee women were teamed up with a professional photographer who taught them portraiture, landscape and macro digital photography and Photoshop skills.

    The others found photo stories best gave them a voice and used our course to develop resources for their projects; evaluating their services and how the women and their children had benefited from them.

    Results

    Each person produced some form of media which they will receive a copy of to keep.

    Benefits for Participants

    The groups had the opportunity to work in teams, developed new media and communication skills, and some had the added confidence-boost of doing a live performance.

    Funder

    Gateshead Council, European Social Fund, Skills Funding Agency

    Who Else Would Benefit From This Sort of Project

    We can offer course to adult learners in any of the media we work in.

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