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Creating change often starts with one person and a belief that things could be different. Someone who brings others on board, with the same yearning for change, and together, they use collective action to bring forward a new reality. That is the foundation of many grass-roots charities and organisations hoping to make an impact at local, national, and sometimes global levels. But, often these charities and groups encounter roadblocks along the way such as low funding, capacity issues, and higher demand than supply. So, the support from large grant-making organisations like the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation makes a significant impact and ensures more people receive support for a longer period of time.

To celebrate the 60th anniversary of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Create Studios were commissioned to capture the incredible work of six UK-based beneficiaries supported by the Foundation and tell their unique stories. Each organisation started out with just a few people who found collective support and is now driving change for the community, nature, and world-around them. The investment from the Foundation has had a drastic impact from keeping their activities running, to funding more locations and increasing their scale. The support from the Foundation hits close to home, as all of the creative team at Create Studios have at some point been mentored through the Create Futures Graduate scheme funded by Esmée Fairbairn.

From London to Glasgow, the creative team at Create Studios ventured across the UK to the homes of these partners and spoke to the people involved. Using a Bolex H16 SBM 16mm Cinema Camera across all six films, a nostalgic and personal touch to the films was achieved, giving a glimpse into these organisations and bringing to life the work and their personal commitment to see changes in the community and world around them. Take for example, We Belong, the UK’s first migrant youth-led organisation working to improve individual outcomes for young people, and advocate for systemic change. Featured in the film are the founders and members of the organisation that are working hard to support young people and each have lived experiences of the barriers to accessing student financial support.

Also through funding support from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust has widened the area of protection for coastal sites, marine areas, and inshore and offshore areas. When the project started prior to the funding 10 years ago, they had 22 relatively small sites covering 3,626km2 to now they have 44 sites covering 78,000km2. This huge growth supports the efforts to protect wildlife, nature, and for Bex Lynam - Marine Advocacy Officer at North Sea, Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, she can continue her research into our seas.

All of the incredible stories and features have been encapsulated in the Esmée Fairbairn 60th anniversary celebration film, which includes interviews with some of the team at the Foundation.

Explore our compelling collection of six films on: We Belong, The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, The Plunkett Foundation, B-Arts, Family Rights Group, Woodland Trust, and 60th anniversary of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Also see here to find out more about Esmee’s work as a whole with their 60th anniversary film.

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust

Credits:
Director - Gurch Singh
DOP - Thom Hobbs
1st AC - Tom Arthur
Production Manager - Kiara Wakeley

Interviewees - Bex Lynam, Kirsten Carter

We Belong

Credits:
Director - Gurch Singh
DOP - Thom Hobbs
1st AC - Tom Arthur
Production Manager - Kiara Wakeley

Interviewees - Chrisann Jarrett, Dami Makinde, Kimberley Garande, Tashi Tahir