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Free creative solutions for community groups by UAL students

Free creative solutions such as website design and filmmaking are on offer to community groups in Lambeth and Southwark as part of a student project this summer, writes Josh Mellor…

Services including web design, photography and video production will be provided free of charge to any local charities, social enterprises or community projects who apply to the summer scheme run by the London College of Communication, UAL.

The project, called Talent Works, gives students real-life paid work experience while helping community organisations and runs from 17 to 26 July.

Waterloo Community Theatre Co-Artistic Director Anna Glarin explained the benefit her venue has had from the project: “The impact of us having taken part will be huge, it will enhance our brand while enabling us to be more visible in our community.

“Having well-designed physical leaflets that explain to people who we are and what we do is crucial.”

Other services available from the scheme include films, poster design, leaflets and newsletters, website building, social media content, photography and communications strategy advice.

Previous Talent Works “clients” have included Draper Together, the tenants and residents association for the Draper Estate in Elephant and Castle; Edible Rotherhithe, a social enterprise showing children how to grow their own food; and Southwark Peace Garden, a new venue for work to cut violence among young people.

More than 100 students from LCC and Camberwell College of Arts have offered their services to over 83 organisations since the project launched in 2016.

Matt Guy, Partnerships Manager at London College of Communication, said: “94% of clients we’ve worked with through Talent Works so far said they were either satisfied or totally satisfied with the work our students produced.”

Applications to take part are open until 10 June. Please contact Matt Guy, Partnerships Manager at London College of Communication, to apply and find out more: matt.guy@lcc.arts.ac.uk.

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