Helping people thrive

Case Study: Innercity Films

Donna Travis from Innercity Films gives an insight into how EECF's grants make an impact.

Briefly describe your organisation

Innercity Films - a multimedia organisation working with disadvantaged people in London. We facilitate local residents in a wide range of media including film, photography, blogs, podcasts and experimental media. We encourage participants to learn new skills and transform their community spaces. We empower local groups to use their own initiative and to work together. Since 2002 Innercity Films has targeted over 6,000 local people from youth to elderly groups working together to improve their life skills and the spaces they use.

How long has it been running?

2002

What is the most recent project that EECF funded?

A film project for elderly people in Hackney.

How many individuals were supported?

35

How has funding from EECF helped make a difference in your community recently?

EECF funded Innercity Films in 2016 to work with an elderly Caribbean Group based in Hackney. The centre catered for a significant number of local older people, but was run down and lacked any identity. Innercity Films worked with the users to facilitate them in personal histories and digital photography. With the help of some young volunteers we set to work to transform their centre and produce a vibrant space with colour and imagery that reflected the lives of this rich and diverse culture. The elderly people recorded each other’s histories of coming here from the Caribbean and learnt about digital imagery. They produced a large range of canvas photographs and stories for their walls. The centre and Innercity Films painted the existing space and transformed it into a colourful and vibrant place, reflecting the lives of this wonderful elderly group.

What has been your experience of working with EECF?

EECF has been very supportive to Innercity Films and the work we produce with local communities. We know the staff and are able to contact them with questions about grants and funding. They are efficient and enthusiastic about the work we do and the communities we work with and are always at hand to answer questions and have given us confidence in what we do. Overall we could not have survived without their support in the last few years. Because of the funding we received from them we have been able to show other funders our great work and secure larger funding for core costs such as new digital equipment and staff costs. We think EEFC are vital for smaller organisations like ours to grow and develop.

 

EECF gives grants to local community organisations to raise educational achievement, enhance employability and increase social cohesion. To apply please visit the grants page of our website or contact the grants team via email grants@eastendcf.org or phone 020 7345 4444.

 

 

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...we could not have survived without their support in the last few years. Because of the funding we received from them we have been able to show other funders our great work and secure larger funding for core costs...

Donna Travis 

 
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