Why partner with us?
As a Media & Arts Social Enterprise we use innovation and imagination as instruments for social change. We support underrepresented 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 while promoting real, positive change. Through sponsorship, funding or purchasing products from us, you ensure that we can continue to promote creative wellbeing with our array of unique projects and campaigns.
We create safe spaces, improving the mental health and wellbeing of our local communities, and offer film, media and arts training for clients.
Working with the grassroots community sector for almost a decade has allowed us to have unique access to understanding communities that are most vulnerable and 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 campaigns – something which 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.
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 are committed to working with organisations, big or small, across the country in order to maximise the impact of our projects, services and collaborations.
WHAT CAN WE OFFER?
Through our Forgotten Soldiers community cohesion project, we were able to train 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 project, designed to enable older members of the Pakistani community to tap into the power of technology, specifically 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 supported older people with the development of their skills. In turn, this helped us combat loneliness, reduce isolation and ensure participants felt more involved and informed within their networks.
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 organisations that show they embed dignity and respect in the workplace. 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.