Why partner with us?
As a Media & Arts Social Enterprise we use innovation and imagination as instruments for social change. We support underepresented people including those with special educational needs, mental health, dementia and addiction. Our social mission is to use innovative and engaging projects to empower educate and inspire communities that have previously been identified as disadvantaged and hard to reach.
Our diverse portfolio of cohesive community projects enable companies to fulfil their charitable quota whilst supporting real, positive change. Through sponsorship, funding or purchasing products from us you ensure that we can continue to promote creative wellbeing with unique projects and campaigns.
We create safe spaces improving the mental health and wellbeing of our community and offer film, media and arts training for clients which allows us to offer free training and support to the socially excluded and most vulnerable in society.
Working with the grassroots community sector for the last 6 years has allowed us to have unique access to understanding communities that are the most vulnerable and the most disadvantaged. We have also built trust within these hard to reach communities who are willing to share their stories and bring a uniqueness and diversity to our campaign that is lacking in other promotional material.
Why choose Alchemy?
How to get involved
So far our funding partners have included high-profile corporates, charities and local community companies. There are various versatile ways to work with Alchemy, from direct funding and purchasing an exhibition or training to engaging our professional videography, photography or design services.
What makes us tick?
A partnership with Alchemy means contribution to real change and the creation of new opportunities within marginalised communities that need it the most. Our unique programmes and projects are aimed at providing support without stigma - tackling often tricky or taboo subjects with sensitivity and creativity. We invite funders and companies to work with us to help us achieve an even greater impact nationwide. We've welcomed over 30 volunteers on board consisting of local residents, students, community activists, artists, musicians, designers and people from all walks of life. We have trained over 20 individuals, had over 50 exhibition visitors, reached tens of thousands across our social media and film platforms. Not only do the projects that we deliver (such as Her Say and Forgotten Soldiers) bring social value but we compound that with our resourcing model, where we enrich and augment our qualified pool of professionals with links to support appropriate work experience activities and Mental Health Groups to support esteem and confidence building.
Our approach differentiates us from other similar organisations, making us an excellent match for companies who need to meet Corporate Social Responsibility policies (CSR). We also feel that our work in the community and social ethos as well as the evidence of our Social Return on Investment (SROI) acts as a great benefit to our partners because it influences key stakeholders to work with our partners who show that they embed dignity and respect in the workplace and society at large. It also builds the reputation of our partners as an authoritative organisation, producing high quality work in a fair and just way.
WHAT CAN WE OFFER?
Over the last 18 months with our Forgotten Soldiers (linking to forgotten soldiers page) community cohesion project we’ve trained over 63 volunteers in media production, event management and social media from Longsight, Levenshulme, Whalley Range, Burnage, students from Manchester University and Media City. We have delivered workshops in Mosques, schools and youth centres across Manchester reaching over 1200 young people within the community and created a volunteer led exhibition that is currently being toured in local community centres across Manchester.
In late 2019 we launched our TEK Eagles (linking to TEK Eagles page) project, created to enable older members of the Pakistani community to tap into the technology they hold in their hands – their smartphones. We engaged over 100 Pakistani participants across Manchester, Oldham and Bury and created a project film, exhibition and podcast. With sessions specifically designed with cultural and age sensitivity in mind we engaged older people to use their smartphones to enhance their daily lives. In turn this combats loneliness, helping members of the community to feel less isolated, more involved and more informed.
Take a look at some more of our projects.
Our approach differentiates us from our competitors, and we may be a good match to help you meet your Corporate Social Responsibility policy (CSR). We also feel that our work in the community and social ethos as well as the evidence of our Social Return on Investment (SROI) acts as a great benefit to our partners because it Influences key stakeholders to work with our partners who show that they embed dignity and respect in the workplace and society at large. It also builds the reputation of our partners as an authoritative organisation, producing high quality work in a fair and just way.
We have already established links with educational establishments, including Salford University, Manchester University and UTC Media City UK. We have done this to help provide a platform for the next generation to develop their skills and enhance their learning. We also have links to Mental Health Groups to support esteem and confidence building activities. These include Old Trafford Wellbeing Service, BlueSci and Manchester BME Network.
We work with a variety of national and local organisations who provide funding to help us continue our vital work.