Media Community Network is an award-winning charity that uses film and art projects to engage with and improve young people’s lives, in their own communities, schools and places of worship.
Working with schools, parents, local community and creative figures, we tutor young people to produce collaborative artworks which engage with the pressing issues in their lives, using this creativity and collaboration to:
- build confidence;
- improve citizenship, empathy and community engagement;
- teach career skills and improve prospects;
- improve intergenerational understanding;
- address complex and controversial local issues;
- battle social deprivation, isolation and anti-social behaviour;
- educate wider audiences on underrepresented issues.
Our projects across the UK, funded by over £100,000 in donations from trusts, foundations and individuals, including in-kind professional contributions, have reached over 3000 young people aged between 11 and 25, and have addressed a range of social and personal issues important to those communities.
Each project consists of a series of consultations, workshops and community events, culminating in the development of a community artwork confronting a local issue. Each community decides themselves which issue should be highlighted, and we then use our expertise to help the community recruit participants, source equipment, and provide technical support and tutoring. The resulting artworks are not only a chance for the community to work together to understand and express their own unique social situation; all of the people involved gain tangible skills in communication, presentation and media production, inspiring new career paths and further academic study. We also provide our participants with unique venues in which to promote their films and their message, including universities, the BFI, BAFTA, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Tate Gallery and even the House of Commons.
Angell Town, Brixton, London
We are working in collaboration with artist Peihang Huang and the residents of Angell Town, Brixton, to help a community wracked by violence and crime to make sense of their experiences. Through portraiture, film, collage and creative writing, family members who have lost loved ones to knife crime and other forms of ‘structural violence’ will be able to channel their grief and anger into positive creative energy. Ending in a unique art exhibition, this project will help heal community ties, restore trust, rehabilitate those afflicted by the brutality of recent events, and educate a wider audience about the social issues which Angell Town continues to face.
Gainsborough Primary School, Kent
We delivered an engaging series of workshops for pupils, helping them to devise and film a dance piece confronting the topic of bullying, and its effect on the school and its wider community.
Duncombe Primary School, Kent
A series of workshops and filmmaking classes, helping pupils to explore the topic of child safety.
Aylesbury Latin American Community Group, Southwark, London
We worked with this local community group to produce a series of films discussing the regeneration of the Aylesbury Estate in South London. Home to a wide variety of cultures, communities and businesses, the films explore how people of different generations, classes and ethnic backgrounds respond positively to the regeneration and transformation of deprived inner-city areas.
The Mustard Seed
St. Andrew's Secondary School, Peckham, London
This cooperative project between MCN and a busy inner-city secondary school used filmmaking, discussion groups and creative workshopping techniques to explore the fascinating overlap between bullying and religious faith.
Goldwyn Special Needs Secondary School, Ashford, Kent
The pupils and teachers of Goldwyn School worked together to produce this film project about the dangers of smoking, allowing many of the school's children, each with enhanced or special needs, to take on a substantial storytelling project for the first time.
Cool To Be Kind
Goldsmith's College, London
This film, about bullying in faith primary schools, has been used as part of community deradicalisation programs in Peckham, and is currently part of the teacher training curriculum at Goldsmith's University, led by Professor Rosalyn George.
Laverne is a charity fundraiser, filmmaker, educator and arts facilitator. Educated at Sacred Heart School in Camberwell and Goldsmith's College, in 2006 she founded the Media Community Network, and continues to run the charity and its various projects. This work has led to a number of professional accolades and shortlistings, including Best Volunteer Contribution to the Arts from Southwark Council, Inspirational Woman Of The Year from CityWealth and the 2009 Guardian Small Charities Award.
Laverne also regularly speaks on arts education and gender issues. Appearances have included the annual SENCO conference, and as part of the delegation to welcome the Vice-President of the Gambia to London.
- Professor Anthony Goodman, Middlesex University (Chairman)
- Clara Boerkamp (Treasurer)
- Jeff Tavernier (Secretary)
- Ray Domingo (Creative)
- Trevor Moore, Lawyer
- Sarra Pond, Child Psychologist
- Professor Rosalind George, Goldsmiths University
- Lucy Garratt, Specialised Learning Teacher
- James Haddock, Accountant/Treasurer
- Claire Lawrence, Lawyer/Company Secretary
- Fiona O'Malley, Deputy Headteacher
- Michael Wolfkind QC, Chairman
- Graham King, Barrister
Looking to donate, enquire about workshops for your own community or find out more about the charity's work? We look forward to hearing from you.
If you’d like to make a donation to the charity, you can do so via:
Please make cheques payable to Media Community Network and send to:
MCN, 25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY
2. Bank Transfer
Media Community Network
Sort Code: 08-92-99
Account No: 65270244
Ref: ‘Donation’ + your name
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