We are an award winning social enterprise
Skelmersdale is a small town in Lancashire just outside of Liverpool. It's often derided, cast aside and forgotten about. usually represented as a place of poverty and suffering from social issues, this is only one part of Skem's story. Skelmersdale is also home to a thriving community of award winning Social Enterprises that are committed to working with those most vulnerable in the community, delivering life changing work.
our original idea was to use our funding from red rose recovery to run a series of workshops for young people in skelmersdale in stand up comedy. This was in direct response to a rise in youth knife crime in the area. we wanted to bring young people together and give them the skills to articulate their experiences in positive ways. this would have built up to a live stand up gig in front of friends, family and peers. this project was being run in association with dan and emma carmichael from blank space theatre. It was to form the basis of one of our stories in the world's first social enterprise feature film, "Skem, I Love You".
we decided to use that red rose recovery funding to run a socially distanced community soap opera instead. Our project ambition was to provide a positive experience for households on lockdown; a community experience that involves linking with other families and building new networks.
We also wanted it to be an opportunity to learn new skills and increase self confidence. we invited households to participate in weekly zoom meetings supporting them for four months through this unusual creative journey. It’s been an egalitarian project throughout, with people producing their own work on their own terms. Our job as project leaders was to provide encouragement and expertise when needed. So it is a true reflection
all participants felt an improved sense of wellbeing, an improved sense of pride about their town and now have a more positive approach to their mental health. as a wellbeing project, our soap opera was a success.
There are some notable individual participant successes to celebrate as well, such as Mary-anne who has been inspired to set up her own youtube channel where she shares her food preparation videos.
certainly our greatest achievment is giving our
14 year old writer ryan the chance to have professional actors perform his monologues. we're honoured to have been part of his journey.