From 2008 to 2010, we ran the UK Hub from an abandoned secondary school in Lambeth, south London, where various groups and small organisations ran projects for the local community; one of the most deprived in England.
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The Lambeth Hub incorporated a large workshop room, video editing suites and a resource centre. It was also the location for InsightShare’s main office and the base for much of the UK team during 2008-2010.  Through the Hub we were able to run various Participatory Video projects with different groups from across the borough of Lambeth and beyond.

During the years that we were running the London hub, we provided the following regular projects / activities:

Video Coaches

The Video Coaches programme trained young people, aged 16-21yrs from low income households in Lambeth who were unemployed and outside of formal education to become Participatory Video facilitators for local community groups.

Participants learned all the skills necessary to create videos in groups, before learning to facilitate Participatory Video projects themselves. As part of their training, participants undertook a community placement where they began to practice their facilitation skills. By the end of the programme each Video Coach undertook a post-training assignment within a local grassroots community project, helping their peers and neighbours use video for positive social change.

The Video Coaches programme is funded by The Walcot Foundation

Community Cinema

The Lambeth Hub also provided a free community cinema for anyone to watch videos on a range of themes and subjects. Typically we screened one or two Participatory Videos from our local or international projects alongside a more mainstream feature film, which helped us to attract new audiences for community video.

Video Club

The weekly Video Club sessions enabled local residents to create videos in groups on a range of subjects and issues. The Video Clubs provided a space for participants to learn gradually, to get to know one another and explore any issues they identified as important.

Latest content from the hub

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Street Athletics '08

Youth Reporters from InsightShare’s Video Hub in Lambeth document the Street Athletics heat at the Lilian Baylis Old School in Kennington, south London.

Category: Video Messages

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London Tigers

This is a short version of a recent film created by members of the Muslim Boys Youth Club, operated by the London Tigers, as part of a recent Participatory Video project with InsightShare.

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Welcome to Betteshanger

Young people from Betteshanger in Kent set out to explore their community spaces and meet people who have a special relationship with the community and its past. This video is the result of a Participatory Video project undertaken by InsightShare and the Social Innovation Lab at Kent County Council.

Themes: Youth
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