TFN London

May 2018

In May 2018, we came together with old and new friends at Rathbone Greenbank Investments, to support non-profits driving social change.

The first pitch was from The Kids Network who support disadvantaged children moving into secondary school by pairing children with mentors.

The Kids Network raised £7,200 to hire a Project Manager to support their mentoring project.

The new Project Manager has been able to support 32 children who have really benefited from the support of mentors. The project has now expanded to work through 14 schools.

Before I didn't feel like I had a place to play around me, and I felt lonely. I'm not lonely anymore. We get to do fun things together, and I have someone to talk to.. Having a mentor has helped. I feel like a have this boost.. I've set goals and I have achieved them, which makes me feel amazing.” - Mentee

Since pitching, The Kids Network has grown their team to 5, supported more than 70 children over the last year, and has secured more funding to expand their impact.

The next to pitch was WAYout Worldwide Arts for Youth, who changes the lives of vulnerable and homeless young people in Sierra Leone through media, music and the arts.

WAYout Worldwide raised over £7,800 to grow the Kissi Centre in Freetown, which provides free training and facilities to disadvantaged young people in the community to build and develop skills in the arts.

With the funding, a new cohort of young people have been trained in poetry, filmmaking and photography at the Centre, and who have gone on to create their own poetry, films and photography portfolios.

"WAYout is the only place that gave me hope. They helped me believe in myself and now I want to be a filmmaker". - Participant

The Centre now holds screenings of the films in local communities, showing sometimes up to 400 people locally-made films covering various topics, from awareness raising about domestic abuse or LGBT+ rights to entertainment and music videos. 

A local film being created using equipment from the Centre.

Creating films and other types of media has helped young people develop skills, boosted confidence, and also created changes in community attitudes towards them.

Since pitching, WAYout Worldwide has increased capacity with more equipment, and gained a higher profile with the work of local artists being showcased at the Freetown Music Festival and more.

The crowd then heard from My Life Films, who create family films for people living with dementia to improve quality of life, reduce isolation and bring families together. They raised over £7,600 to create film packages for 4 people living with dementia.

With the success of the night, My Life Films were able to create films for an additional 2 people, creating 6 films.

Helen's diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease reduced her wellbeing and made her less socially active. When My Life Film's covered her life story, the impact was hugely positive.

Sharna, Helen’s daughter, picked the photographs and home video for the films, Helen chose her favourite music and loved being interviewed to share her stories.

Words cannot express how amazing the video is and what a difference it has made not just for my mum but actually for the whole family... My brothers and my father were so touched as well and are so appreciative.” – Sharna.

Since pitching, the team has been able to hire a full-time Producer, developed relationships with new local partners, and explored new ways of developing their model.

The final pitch was The 4Front Project, who empower communities to live free from violence by providing training and intervention for young people on the frontline.

The 4Front Project raised over £9,900 to launch two new critical training programmes, and advocate for policy change.

One training programme worked to promote the safety of vulnerable young people by educating, safeguarding and empowering practitioners to work safely and effectively with young people who have experienced violence.

A second programme worked to build resilience for young people affected by violence in Grahame Park Estate, providing 38 workshops, drop-in sessions and 232 hours of 1:1 support.

The team was also able to advocate for policy change with 4MATION, a youth-led campaign to build peace and demand policymakers take urgent action to address violence.

4MATION has supported 150 young people to engage in social action.

Since pitching, the 4Front Project went on to raise a further £40,000 to support their critical work, have grown to four full time staff members, and continue to grow their programmes to create lasting social change.

A big thank you to our host Rathbone Greenbank Investments and to generous supporters who joined us to support these inspiring projects.