This week, the Minister for Employment, Mims Davies MP, joined me at a local media company, Eternal Community Media, to hear about their recent projects, to congratulate the team on their success and to discuss their future plans.
Eternal Media are a media production social enterprise and charity, based at The Bunker in Wrexham, that seeks to assist individuals through media and filmmaking opportunities. With every project and film, Eternal Media hopes to transform the lives of the people they work with by making them more employable, improving skills and building their confidence.
Currently, Eternal Media are delivering a new programme called the ‘9 Day Filmmaking Academy’, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, delivered through the Flexible Support Fund and Job Centre Plus. Participants of the programme work together over a 5-week period to create and produce a video to an original music soundtrack, learning new technical and problem-solving skills in the process.
Reflecting on the visit and the support the charity has received, Marcus Fair, Director at Eternal Media said,
“The funding from the DWP, through the Wrexham Job Centre, has allowed us to run the 9 Day Filmmaking Academy which has been a great opportunity for the young people we are working with. It’s an invaluable learning experience which they can take with them into future employment. The Employment Ministers visit today is further validation of the brilliant work for the film makers on this project.”
Eternal Media are a brilliant example of an organisation that gives back to the community. I am extremely proud to see projects such as this, which work locally with the Job Centres to get people into work, providing skills, confidence, and support to job seekers in Wrexham.
Indeed, it is also clear that Eternal Media are doing an excellent job of reskilling and upskilling participants of the courses, helping them to widen their horizons and seek new employment opportunities. The excitement many participants felt about their courses and the skills they had learnt was clear and they all showed a true passion for what they were doing!
The video above was produced by Eternal Media and gives you an insight into their '9 Day Filmmaking Academy Course'.
Photo credits to Eternal Media.
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