Funding Impact Photography

Understanding the impact of funding on community organisations in the UK

PROJECT SUMMARY:
A programme with the Henry Smith Charity to help understand the impact that their funding has had on organisations in the UK.

Year:
2023

Project Location:
London, UK

Project Managers:
Tom Elkins

Facilitators:
Tom Elkins

Partners:
Breadwinners
The Henry Smith Charity

Funder:
The Henry Smith Charity

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The Henry Smith Charity approached PhotoVoice to design and deliver a short workshop series, in order to evaluate the impact of their funding on organisations.


THE ISSUE:
The Henry Smith Charity has been in existence for nearly 400 years. Throughout its history, it has provided funding for a range of organisations in the UK, for a range of topics and communities.

In order to better understand and communicate the impact of its funding, PhotoVoice worked with the Henry Smith Charity on a pilot for an evaluation programme. Breadwinners, an organisation based in Brixton which supports refugees and asylum seekers with new skills and employment opportunities, was selected as the partner organisation.


DELIVERY:

A short workshop series was delivered, which invited both staff and service users of Breadwinners to attend. These workshops helped those attending to develop new skills in photographic storytelling, creating images which shared their stories about being involved with Breadwinners.

The images were used as a starting point for interviews with the organisation and those it supports, as well as generating new content for communications by both the Henry Smith Charity and Breadwinners.

An additional session invited participants to help guide PhotoVoice in taking high-quality images which complement the participant-generated images and content.


PROJECT OUTPUTS:
Coming soon.


FEEDBACK QUOTES:

What I enjoyed most about this course is how it’s beginner friendly. I learnt everything I needed to photograph with baby steps. It’s really helpful.

“[I enjoyed] learning to see photographs in a new way, thinking about how the audience sees it, the story and the caption.”


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
Thanks to all the staff and participants who attended the workshops, and for the lovely bread!


Header Image: © Tom Elkins 2024 | PhotoVoice | The Henry Smith Charity | Breadwinners | ‘Funding Impact Photography’ | UK

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