Project information

Making News : Breaking News

Supporting 18 people with a learning disability to interview and capture on film issues of local importance. Enabled by a ‘hands on’ film making course for people who have no media experience. Turning them into roving reporters editing and uploading news for people who find it hard to communicate.

February 2013 - February 2014

Charity information: Community Futures - Kent

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  • Need


    Many people with a learning disability have missed their education and struggle to read and understand much information produced for the general public. 1 in 7 people in the UK as a whole are unable to read standard print. Disabled people face extra barriers and lack of choices in life because of inaccessible information. Further many people have come to believe their views are not important, and therefore their voices are not being heard.


    This project will engage people with learning difficulties in developing new skills and help them lead in the production of easy information. They will use their own words and ideas to create up to date short film clips so that people can see and hear on the things that are important to them. Film clips will be used as a way of sharing local news and in training events and workshops led by disabled people with community services.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To equip and train 12 people with a learning disability in the basic use of media equipment.


    » We will deliver a film making course in each of the 3 districts that make up South West Kent. Each course will be made up of six 2 hour sessions.

    Success will be 12 people completing the course and able to demonstrate in practice the basic setting up of equipment and creation of at least one sucessful demonstation film clip.

    Aim 2

    To support people to undertake the role of roving reporters and film local news issues.


    » 18 film makers who will work in pairs. Each pair will make 4 film clips in the first year, making a total of 36 film clips on local news issues.

    The completion of 36 interviews on local news stories widely available in a format accessible to all. Including local websites and use of film in training days and community events

    Aim 3

    To train participants in film editing


    » Provide support during the edit phase of film production in order to produce finished clips ready for uploading.

    Participants are able to demonstrate cutting, fading, zooming and cropping resulting in simple finished film clips ready for uploading.

    Aim 4

    To get easy film information out to people with a learning disability in a format they can access.


    » Share information via popular websites and enure support providers enable people to access.
    » To share film clips with people who have learning difficulties minimum four times a year per district via South West Kent district partnership groups.

    That we have evidence of film clips being viewed online and in presentations and feedback from people with learning disabilities on ease of access and recommendations

  • Impact


    This project builds on our work to open up communication in all forms to support the voices of people who may not usually be heard. This currently includes producing a guide to making written information easier, a guide to making public events open to all and work with community friends and colleagues to improve access. This film making project will become part of our core service to produce easy film clips and share information through person to person contact.


    There are few risks involved in this project which is small in scale but could have a significant local impact. As a charity we have all the relevant policies and insurances needed and will have appropriate adults running the course and being part of the programme of work throughout. We will not be starting the programme of work until sufficient funds have been identified.


    All donors will receive a short report showing how the project has developed. Donors will be sent the link to film clips on line and also be invited to view a short on line film showing what the project has produced in the first year and next steps

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £13,180

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,600 Film workshops Course tutor and travel
      £5,300 Support costs Personal support for participants in the class room and in roving reporter role
      £800 Film editing Support in editing and film selection
      £2,400 Equipment Purchase of cameras and equipment
      £1,080 Venue Hire Venues for training and workshops
  • Background


    The project will set up film making courses across South West Kent including Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Sevenoaks. There is an estimated population of 4,500 people with a learning disability living or working in these areas.


    The project will benefit an estimated population of 4,500 people with a learning disability across South West Kent. Film clips will engage greater numbers of disabled people through interviews about their lives, great things about where they live and barriers they face. South West Kent is seen to be a wealthy area but contains area of significant deprivation and unemployment amongst disabled people. This project will highlight their issues from their own point of view.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Half of our trustees are people with a learning disability so we know about the things that people find difficult. We support people with learning disabilities within mainstream groups including the Sevenoaks Council Access Group. We hold the Kent County Council contract to manage the South West Kent District Partnership Groups for people with a learning disability that has hundreds of members and share information on the Kent Partnership Board website that is viewed by many hundreds more.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Staff - Simon Goldsmith

    Simon has 30 years experience as supporter, advocate, author and champion for people with learning disabilities. He will work as project manager.