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THE OFFSHOOT FOUNDATION

Inspiring a New Generation of Film Makers

The Offshoot Foundation is a registered charity based in Suffolk, delivering film education and training to disadvantaged and young people across the UK.

 
 

ABOUT US

We are the Next Generation of Film Makers.

Based in Sudbury, Suffolk, The Offshoot Foundation is a registered charity and has consistently produced professional filmmaking workshops and projects for young and disadvantaged young people across the whole UK since 2008.  These projects help develop confidence, leadership and teamwork skills through film making and creative media.

We aim to empower, enthuse and inspire young people, to develop life skills and raise aspirations by using creative media to reach their full potential - and we're always happy to see former students return as mentors, passing on their experiences to new participants.

We've already had plenty of success stories, having helped many young people into further education, university and employment in the film and TV industries, with many of our ex-students also coming back for work experience and paid work with us. Over 30 of our ex-students now work professionally in the Film and Television industry

To keep up to date with us and what we do, follow our socials and sign up to our newsletter by clicking our LinkTree.

Students from a local Secondary School working on a project with the Foundation
Students from a local Secondary School working on a project with the Foundation

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One type of lights we use when filming
One type of lights we use when filming

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Students from a local secondary school working on their interviewing skills
Students from a local secondary school working on their interviewing skills

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Students from a local Secondary School working on a project with the Foundation
Students from a local Secondary School working on a project with the Foundation

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OCTOBER HALF-TERM WORKSHOP!

Want to get back to another workshop? Or maybe come along to your first Offshoot Foundation workshop? 

We have a 4 Day Film Challenge in Sudbury, Suffolk this October half-term!

Learn to write scripts, film, act, direct, and edit between 10:00-15:00 from the 24th-27th of October at The Hive, Sudbury United Reform Church!

To sign your child up, email us on theoffshootfoundation@gmail.com, or click on the poster across for the sign up form!

Top 10 Skills of 2025

Click the button below to have a look at our analysis on the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Skills of 2025.

These divergent and creative skills are what the WEF say will dominate the top 10 needed skills for employers. 

At The Offshoot Foundation, we thrive on helping every child improve on ALL of these skills, click the 'Read More' button below to have a look through our thoughts.

 

OUR GOALS AND WHO WE HELP

Turning Interest Into Action

​The Offshoot Foundation works with disadvantaged and young people using creative media to:

  • Develop social and technical skills

  • Build confidence

  • Teach teamwork, communication and leadership skills

  • Employ people who what already completed our courses to mentor new participants 

  • Encourage young mentors into specialist or general further education and into work.

We help:

  • Any school age children

  • Separate youth organisations

  • Schools

  • Young people living in disadvantaged areas, youth organisations and schools.

  • NEET young people.

  • Young people with disabilities.

  • Pupil Referral Units, working with disengaged young people.

  • Adults with disabilities.

  • Long-term unemployed.

  • Young offenders.

  • Young people in care.

  • Young carers.

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WHO WE WORK WITH

  • First Light

  • Into Film

  • The National Lottery

  • Suffolk County Council

  • Essex County Council 

  • Enfield Council

  • Babergh/Mid Suffolk District Council

  • Neaco

  • Dedham Vale AONB

  • KNOW, Saudi Arabia

  • Thomas Gainsborough School, Great Cornard

  • Volunteering Matters, Ipswich

  • Stagecoach

  • Befriending Scheme, Sudbury

  • Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds

  • Essex Young Carers

  • Suffolk Young Carers

  • Sudbury Museum Trust

  • The Apex - Bury St Edmunds

  • The Quay Theatre - Sudbury

  • Gorseland Primary School, Ipswich

  • Ormiston Sudbury Academy, Sudbury

  • Thurston Academy, Bury St Edmunds

  • Haverhill Arts Centre

  • Kernos Councilling 

  • Keystone Trust, Thetford

  • Community Action Suffolk

  • Chantry Library, Ipswich

  • Gainsborough Library, Ipswich

  • Thurston Library, Bury St Edmunds

  • Gainsborough's House, Sudbury  

  • Little Hall, Lavenham

  • Devonshire Infant School

  • West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds

 

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