Newham charity secures funding to offer filmmaking workshops to people with mental health conditions

Local charity, Independent Newham Users Forum – Mental Health (INUF) has received £5,000 to fund a filmmaking workshop. The sessions will introduce new software and equipment so that Newham based residents who have been previously diagnosed with a mental health condition can learn new skills.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

INUF supports individuals previously diagnosed with a mental health condition by helping them to achieve goals such as: independent living, employment, education and training. INUF delivers this service at Ithaca House in Stratford where members receive advice and information for support in making recovery strategies and improving their well-being in an informal environment designed to be socially inclusive. 

The grant will introduce freelance filmmaking workshop facilitators to INUF members, provide iPads for each participant, secure room hire spaces to deliver the project, acquire a location to screen workshop slides and films that the participants have produced and establish a new network for a mental health target group to help reduce the stigma related to mental health conditions. 

Trevor Jones, Project Coordinator at INUF, said: “It is a wonderful opportunity for a filmmaking workshop leader to train a stigmatised group in the community, who are often discriminated against. These sessions will allow our members to participate as a team and have their voices seen and heard in a positive way.”

Sharon Field, Branch Manager at Santander’s Stratford branch, said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. We are committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting Independent Newham Users Forum – Mental Health (INUF), and hope the donation makes a real difference to local people.”

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Notes to Editors:
Media Contact 
Leonora Burtenshaw at Santander 
Email:       Tel: 020 7756 4543

Trevor Jones at Independent Newham Users Forum (INUF) 
Email:       Tel: 020 8534 2488

About Independent Newham Users Forum – Mental Health (INUF) 
INUF exists to support mental health service users, survivors and carers. Its goal is to assist members on the road to recovery and wellbeing with programmes that consist of activities and events. INUF is for all to gain confidence, feel empowered and improve their quality of life. For more information please visit:  

Santander Foundation 
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity: 

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £26 million in funding to 13,914 UK charities through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:  

Santander UK is a financial services provider in the UK that offers a wide range of personal and commercial financial products and services. It has brought real competition to the UK, through its innovative products for retail customers and relationship banking model for UK SMEs. At 31 December 2017, the bank serves around 14 million active customers with c19,500 employees and operates through 806 branches (which includes 61 university branches) and 64 regional Corporate Business Centres. Santander UK is subject to the full supervision of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) and the Prudential Regulation Authority (PRA) in the UK. Santander UK plc customers are protected by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) in the UK.