Free Participatory Video Training: Tell your story

The Young Foundation is offering a series of free participatory video training workshops in summer 2019 for four local London charities who are combatting discrimination through their work.

About the Project

With the support of The People’s Postcode Trust, we are offering a series of free participatory video training workshops this summer for four local London charities who work with underrepresented groups to raise awareness, provide support, and to combat discrimination. Across three sessions, participants will be taught the skills needed to share their own stories through the medium of film. The films produced during these workshops will then be presented at a final screening event in the autumn. Participants’ travel costs (public transport unless previously agreed) will be covered.

The Young Foundation is currently inviting applications from interested organisations to take part with up to six of their participants and one member of staff.

What will the training cover?

  • Storytelling activities to explore personal stories and experiences of being visible and invisible, connected and disconnected in London.
  • Storyboarding exercises on how to effectively convey the identified stories through film
  • Fun and engaging activities to learn how to use camera and audio equipment; you don’t need to be tech-savvy to do this!
  • Opportunity to capture video footage with guidance during and between training sessions
  • Joint review of video footage and support to develop further material
  • Opportunity to direct and advise the editing and creation of the final film

By amplifying individual stories through participatory methods, the final video will be an effective advocacy tool for your charity to highlight the experiences, stories and challenges of underrepresented populations in London, as well as to show how your work is helping to increase the visibility and connectedness of the group(s) in which you represent.

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for four small- to medium-sized charities and community groups who:

  • are actively working to increase the visibility of underrepresented communities such as the LGBTQ+ community, those with complex mental health needs (such as personality disorders or other stigmatised conditions) refugees and migrants, people with disabilities, BAME young people, or any other marginalised groups.
  • feel that the organisation, staff and participants would benefit from gaining participatory video and story-telling skills.
  • have an annual turnover of <£1,000,000
  • are confident that six participants/clients + one member of staff can attend all three workshops on the given dates (below) and will be willing to have the film they make made publicly available.
  • are based in London. This opportunity is reserved for charities that cannot afford to provide such training in participatory video methods to their beneficiaries and support workers themselves.

What is the commitment?

We will be holding three full day workshops for each of two groups over six weeks. The workshops will be held at The Young Foundation in Bethnal Green (and out and about in the local area).  Please note that unfortunately The Young Foundation offices are not wheelchair accessible.  If wheelchair access is required, please let us know and if your group is successful in its application, we will endeavour to relocate to an accessible venue (dates may change accordingly).

Please only apply if you are confident that six participants/clients + member of staff can attend all three of these sessions.

In your application form, please specify if you have a preference for the Group A dates or the Group B dates. However, while we will try to accommodate your preference, unfortunately we are unable to guarantee your preferred option.


Group A:
21st August
6th September
18th September (Location: Osmani Centre)

Group B:
27th August
9th September
27th September

How to Apply

Applications closed on Wednesday August 7th 2019 at 5pm.

About The People’s Postcode Trust

The People’s Postcode Trust provides funding for projects in Great Britain relating to the themes of combatting discrimination, poverty prevention and promoting human rights. It is funded entirely through funds received from the Postcode Lottery.