The impact of the work of Barrow’s Signal Film and Media has been recognised by national funder the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation with a grant of £124,695 over 3 years. The funding will enable the company to further develop its work supporting local people to learn creative digital skills and to link people and communities through creative projects. Signal works with many community partners and with people of all ages and abilities who will all benefit from the grant through participating in projects and free training courses.
Signal Film and Media Director Loren Slater said:
‘We’re thrilled to have the support of Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, who look at community development in groundbreaking and innovative ways. It’s great that we have been able to attract new resources to Barrow that mean we can give young people and the wider community the chance to learn and explore opportunities with the latest creative media. Access to digital skills and technology is essential in all areas of modern life and learning through creative projects is shown to be an inspiring way not only to gain essential skills but also to raise aspirations and increase self-confidence.
We are delighted that Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is helping the Barrow community to take part in opportunities that are often only found in cities and to tackle the way that digital exclusion compounds social and geographic exclusion. This is an exciting time for Barrow with new investment being made in our key industries. This new funding will allow us to extend our projects to work with new groups we haven’t reached before and to work with other organisations to help everyone in Barrow to access creative digital skills, regardless of their background or current level of ability. This will bring personal, social and economic benefits to the area.’
‘Esmée Fairbairn Foundation aims to improve the quality of life for people and communities throughout the UK both now and in the future. We do this by funding the charitable work of organisations with the ideas and ability to achieve positive change.
The Foundation is one of the largest independent grant-makers in the UK. We make grants of £30 – £35 million annually towards a wide range of work within the arts, education and learning, the environment and social change. We also operate a £26 million Finance Fund which invests in organisations that aim to deliver both a financial return and a social benefit.’