Here is a selection of things we're working on now, like what you see? Want to be involved? Contact us now.
The experience of 400,000 Muslim soldiers who fought for Britain is one of the war's least-known stories. Forgotten Soldiers is a documentary that will commemorate the contribution of Muslim soldiers who fought along side British troops in WW1 and WW2. Through our documentary, we aim to educate people about lesser-known narratives from the conflict as a way of tackling alienation, identity citizenship and belonging.
The documentary will focus on and bringing to life a number of historical figures such as Noor Anayat Khan, an Allied Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent during the Second World War who was posthumously awarded the St George Cross and Khudadad Khan, the first Muslim soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross. As well as stories of other lesser known but equally as significant individuals.
Interviews with military Muslim personnel who are currently serving within the British Army will be combined with interviews from family members of serving Muslim soldiers from the world wars.
We will film on location in Normandy amongst mass Muslim graves helping to humanise the extraordinary efforts of these men and women, forgotten from our history.
- Create A Short Documentary Showcasing Families Involved In Both World Wars.
- Run 6 Workshops To Engage Young People From All Communities.
- Create A Website/Webpage Dedicated To The Project
- Lead A Social Media & Hashtag Campaign #ForgottenSoldiers #AlchemyArts
- Oral History Training For Local Volunteers.
- Create An Archive Of Oral History For Local Libraries. (One To Mark The Centenary Of The First World War.)
- Create & Lead On 2 Exhibitions To Show Contributions Muslim Soldiers
Photo Recovery: Life Through A New Lens
The course offers you photography training as well as a chance to meet new friends and build vital skills that can help you in everyday life. By taking this course we guarantee that your photos will improve 100% and so will your outlook on life. Even if you’re a complete beginner our course will take you from being an absolute beginner, or hobby photographer, to becoming an advanced photographer in no time at all. We’ll teach you everything you need to know including how to avoid the mistakes made by so many people. Ask weekly questions, engage and grow.
Dementia Project - My Memory Cloud
My Memory Cloud - Is a virtual time line of an individual living with dementia. Dementia is a condition that can leave individuals feeling lost and alone but with our memory cloud we aim to keep those memories alive as long as possible. We hope that the personal time lines that are created in partnership with the family, friends and carers of people living with dementia can act as lasting memory for all involved and a pocket of happiness at a time that can be very emotionally draining for all involved. The memory cloud will consist of, music, images and favorite moments in their life, we know that dementia can make our memories fade but this does not mean they should be forgotten.
Her Say Project
The Her Say project aims to encourage local women from the community to have a voice and realise their true potential, especially those experiencing social exclusion and minority ethnic women facing barriers accessing relevant services to address needs. We offer a varied programme of regular activities which range from Health and Well Being, Creative Writing, Digital Engagement, Photography Workshops, IT sessions to a Women’s Forum discussion group. We also hold sessions that focus on specific issues such as Domestic Abuse/Violence and Mental Health. One to one support is also available via our trained counsellor.
Our overarching aim is empowering women and girls to take control of their lives. We work with them and support them in consolidating their roles and capabilities within the local community. This is achieved through enhancing their social, political, economic and cultural participation.
Our project gives local women/girls an opportunity to come together in a safe environment to meet new people and create lasting friendships.
The innovation hub
The innovation hub is a virtual collaborative production company, this means that anyone with the internet can contribute to our collaborative projects & the website we create, the innovation hub is where the groups we have engaged in phase one (our partners) would come together to make things together, like short films, books, music, art, and even possibly a television show (innovation hub tv). Participants can contribute with their videos, images, text, or audios to any of the collaborations we're working on, or they can start their own collaboration on the site.
Alchemy Community Radio
Weekly radio material created by local residents in an improvised way on a specific subject that is uploaded each week (maximum 5 minutes) edited music added with a vision of making their own community drama. This will also act as a vehicle to inform and promote local community, council events, support local businesses and local groups. We are currently working on producing a series of short documentaries around black history month, October 2016.
Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies
Exploring attitudes to health & wellbeing In ethnic minority communities with emphasis on drug and alcohol dependency and the obstacles that prevent minority communities accessing services that provide help & support.
Alchemy will be working to help engage members of the community, across the age range, to show them how they can benefit from using digital products. This maybe for people for daily tasks such as grocery shopping or maybe as important as getting your online presence right, to give you the best chance of getting your dream job!
Be Who You Want To Be
This is a Green Screen Youth Film Making Project, This initiative is to support young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Manchester to set up and manage their own film making club. The project will be supported by professionals from the film industry and the young people will be trained to write, direct, film and edit their own short films. The films can be shown in their schools and local community halls. All films will be available to view on You Tube or via the Vimeo Films link on our home page.