Media Community Network is a multi-award winning charity that has delivered a number of art and film projects reaching over 3,000 young people and engaging experts at the wider community, often presented in schools and universities reaching wide educational audiences.
- Feeling Blue (Gainborough Primary School, Kent, 2006), a dance piece on bullying.
- Home Alone – Duncombe Primary School, 2007 – on safety for children.
- Chapalino (Latin American Community Group, Aylesbury Estate, 2008) on what does regeneration means to the young and old living on the Aylesbury.
- THE MUSTARD SEED – St Andrews secondary school Peckham. A story about Bullying and Faith. (2009)
BUTT OUT – Goldwyn Special Needs Secondary School (2006) – Can special needs children present their own story.
About Laverne Hunt
Laverne Hunt was born in Bedfordshire in 1965 and educated at the Sacred Heart School in Camberwell and at Goldsmiths College.
In 2006 she founded the Media Community Network, a charity that helps organisations and individuals help themselves through various arts disciplines, but particularly through film. She gathered together barristers, teachers and accountants she had met while working in the paralegal field.
She has persistently juggled her charitable work while maintaining a full-time job (PA to a Partner and Senior Board Member of a well-known City Investment Bank), as well as bringing up two daughters, Isabella and Liberty who are now 18 and 20 respectively. She is delighted that the wonderful charity is still making excellent headway. Despite its size and the need for core funding, it is still operating at full throttle on volunteer fuel.
Over the years, more than £100,000 has been raised from trusts, foundations, donations in kind and from Laverne’s participation in marathons and half marathons. The charity is currently fundraising to give its website much needed attention, but despite administrative challenges, our core principles and projects continue to be propelled from strength to strength.
Media Community Network has always demonstrated its commitment to young people. In 2009 it was shortlisted for The Guardian Small Charities Award for the anti-smoking film Butt Out, it was created with a special needs school in Kent, and launched with a press conference at the House of Commons. For her contribution, Laverne was shortlisted as Best Volunteer Islington for Home Alone film, the short film was focused on addressing issues surrounding child negligence.
She won Best Volunteer Contribution to the Arts in Southwark for organising a 200-piece Art Exhibition addressing mental health, which reached more than 3,000 young people aged 5–25.
The film Cool to be Kind, which addressing bullying in primary schools, is currently being used as part of the teacher training programme led by Professor Rosalyn George at Goldsmiths University. Laverne, was invited to speak at a SENCO conference on the charity’s holistic approach to film, and was a guest speaker at a conference to welcome the Vice-President of the Gambia to London, on the subject of ‘Women’s Roles towards Peaceful Cohesion’. This opportunity came about as a result of a film the charity had made about a Catholic boy living in faith in Peckham, it was used at a forum to combat radicalisation, which was attended by several professionals from the Muslim faith. Following these honours, she was awarded a scholarship from the Dale Carnegie School to develop her presentation skills.
Just when she thought she couldn’t squeeze anything else into her already busy life, a compelling need to give community a voice drove her to create a new initiative. She is currently curating a project on the notorious Angell Town Estate in Brixton to raise up the traumatised community following a spate of horrific knife crimes. Knife Crime has had a devastating effect on everyone, not just the people living in Angell Town but everyone in inner city London and beyond.
Great effort is being made to pull together a number of different threads to allow people to be heard and to give them mutual strength in community;
– Giving voice to the ‘mothers of loss’
– Empowering small children living in the area who cannot safely go out to play
– Helping teenagers forced to face the brutality in their neighbourhood
– Encouraging young women who, even though attending a school far away in Kent,
– Supporting the elderly who are living in fear, who need to feel a sense of belonging
We have become even more motivated to take action against knife crime, after a stream brutal murders in London throughout 2018.
The charity is inviting students in London and beyond to present their speeches at the House of Commons in the Summer of 2019. The theme will be ‘If I were Prime Minister, Why, When, Where and How would I curb knife crime?’ The younger children of Angell Town, clad in wings and armed with wands, will deliver a box of letters to 10 Downing Street and will have a Magic Wand moment: ‘If I had a Magic Wand, this is how I would change the World….’
We strongly believe that community can change society and society can rebuild what is broken.
Laverne is overwhelmed to have been shortlisted as ‘Inspirational Woman of the Year’. This accolade will help the causes of everyone involved with Media Community Network projects to be taken more seriously.
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