Key members of Essex Media Workshop’s management team have experienced low self esteem, systemic barriers, drug addiction, alcohol abuse etc. After taking part in a media course they have taken control of their lives and experienced all the benefits that come from being a team player, having increased self esteem and taking a more active role in society. Essex Media Workshop is passionate about helping others to realise their full potential.
Most of our students come to us with no media experience and little or no formal qualifications. For many we are the first step to gaining life changing qualifications and experiences. Our courses change the way that people perceive themselves and their role within society. Our support for our students continues after the course through their higher education or employment, if they start their own business or if they want to come back and mentor.
All our volunteers gain skills that can increase the chances of gaining full time employment or to take elsewhere within the voluntary and community sector.
All of our courses build self esteem, confidence, social skills, team building skills. Promotes independence and independent life long learning, organisational skills, problem solving skills. Students will have increased literacy, numeracy and IT skills and gain, friendships, coping strategies, work experience, a positive attitude and outlook as well as life skills. We provide fun and friendly courses in a creative and practical way, offering new challenges and opportunities for self expression whilst meeting diverse and complex learner needs.
Our courses are available to anyone that has been excluded by society or has experienced negative attitudes, purposely or inadvertently, or is a victim of systemic barriers. This can be someone that has mental health issues, a disability, is recovering from addiction, rebuilding their life after abuse/ violence, long term unemployed or those failed by the education/ schools system.
We work with community groups enabling them the opportunity to express themselves through the medium of video and experience all the wider benefits of our courses.