Beth005

"Volunteering at The Engine Room and helping to present the Art On The Radio show gave me more confidence in myself and my abilities, which due to increased skills led to me getting a place at university studying radio."

Beth Cahalan enrolled student University of Gloucestershire

NickHarwood

 "Their work promotes a sense of community dynamic, creating a wider sense of belonging / engagement / inspiration which can be massively important in terms of economic growth and development: a community represented as 'on the up'.."

Nik Harwood CEO Somerset Rural Youth Project

glennburrows"Preventing isolation and improving the persona well-being and self-image of older people is something that The Engine Room can - and does - help with, uncovering talents we never knew we had. Long may it continue!"

Glen Burrows Bridgwater Senior Citizens Forum

ReviewCoverImpact

Our vision is to give everyone in Somerset and surrounding areas the opportunity to be creative with moving image and digital media, to be a catalyst through collaboration and to help build a more equal and fair society.

Our Mission is to increase our impact and grow our reputation through the creation of a regional centre of excellence, to take our place in a national network that is recognised and, with our constituency, broaden our collective horizons.

Read our latest annual report to discover more about our impact and partners. Below you can read about our impact in relation to Social Value Priority areas for Somerset.

Environmental

In 2014/15 we reduced our energy consumption by 5% and our water use by 12%.

Somerset Film is committed to reducing its carbon footprint and implementing best practice for the benefit the environment. We are fortunate to have as our trustee and our champion in this Andrew Buchanan, who co-wrote the Codes of Best Practice in Sustainable Filmmaking with Larry Engel.

We monitor and measure energy consumption and travel to calculate our carbon emissions using the Creative Industry Green tools provided by Julie's Bicycle. Through our environmental action plan we implement actions to reduce consumption, offsetting where appropriate.

Economic

Winner: Best New Business, Bridgwater College Apprenticeship Awards 2015

In 2015 2 apprenticeships, 4 bursaries, 14 work experience placements and 14 Arts Award qualifications were achieved

In 14/15 we up-skilled 727 people through courses, surgeries and drop ins and supported 84 schools through InspirED. We employed 26 artists and filmmakers in addition to our core team. We generated a turnover of £302k and leveraged investment of £220k into Somerset.

In our business plan we have a number of strategic objectives relating to the economy. Our goals include:

* Helping more people have a voice and gain skills through high quality training and participation opportunities, which develop digital, media and creative skills alongside a wide range of transferable skills

* Nurturing and retaining the local talent base through production opportunities and profile raising

* Building a diverse talent pool, workforce and network by employment, freelance opportunities, signposting to mentoring, dialogue and exchange

* Strategic provision for young people to explore film and creative technical innovation across the artforms alongside opportunities to gain qualifications, work experience placements and creative apprenticeships

Social

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How we play an active role in the local community, particularly those areas and communities where need is greatest.

Equality and Diversity in the provision and operation of services.

Contribute to health and wellbeing

A management and workforce that is representative of the communities we serve.

Somerset Film also expects that its values of equality of opportunity will be upheld by those with whom we work - whether as a partner, contractor, service provider, or individual.

Exploring the environment

Giving a voice and raising skills

Engaging Communities