Newham Community Renewal Programme is a local charity, which empowers people to change their lives through advocacy, education, temporary accommodation and a wide range of other activities. Known as The Renewal Programme, the organisation has acted to transform lives in the borough for over 45 years. Working with carers, migrants, refugees, the homeless and non-English speakers, The Renewal Programme support over 5000 people annually by providing them with the correct tools to overcome challenges they face.
Newham Film Office, managed by The Film Office, were contacted early last year by the charity hoping to make a short film to showcase the fantastic work they offer. With a shared ethos of working with the community in Newham we were more than happy to provide support and facilitate the shoot
Shooting took place across the borough in locations including East Ham Library – a three-storey, state of the art facility which contains more than 30,000 books, Central Park – a park which boasts an abundance of recreational areas including a bowling green, caged tennis courts, a basketball court, and a children’s playground and Queen’s Market – one of London’s most famous and diverse markets!
Made in conjunction with The Media Trust, the objective of the project was to create a film which reflects the everyday experiences of the service users, whilst highlighting the impact of The Renewal Programme’s work. Following Amina’s journey, the short video highlights the importance of language as a tool for empowerment and social navigation in the diverse community of Newham.
Louise Vera, the Director of Youth & Training at the charity commented ‘We are incredibly proud to have created such a meaningful piece that truly reflects our work and impact here at the Renewal Programme’. Check out the moving video portrait below:
For more information on The Renewal Programme please follow the link here.