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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.

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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.

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Christmas Film Making Workshop

Join us for this year's exciting Christmas film making workshop in Thetford, Brandon, and Newmarket!

 

Unleash your creativity and learn the art of film making from industry professionals. This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in exploring the world of cinema. Come along to create movie trailers, music videos, stop motion animations, and more!

Click HERE to sign up to Newmarket, Beccles and Brandon, or HERE to sign up to Thetford. 

Each day run 10:00 - 14:00 with lunch and snacks provided. All three workshops run on the 21st and 22nd of December, with Beccles on the 28th and 29th of December (09:00 - 13:00 on the 29th) and Thetford on the 2nd and 3rd of January, too! The workshop is free for those on Free School Meals, otherwise it is £30 per day. 

SEND and Young Carers Workshops

Continuing from our Summer term workshops, we are running our workshops with Activities Unlimited for SEND students and Young Carers!

Tuesday 17:00 - 19:00 - SEND students (11-18-years-old)

Wednesday 17:00 - 19:00 Young Carers (9-18-years-old)

Come along to learn how to create your own films and work with professional equipment!

THE YOUNG CARER WORKSHOP

IS NOW TAKING PLACE AT:

St John's Community Centre

St John's Close

Mildenhall

IP28 7NX

Sign up HERE or email us at theoffshootfoundation@gmail.com for more information!

Thetford Million Hours Project

We are running a long-term filmmaking project in Thetford starting this month for children aged 12-16!

Lots of different activities, including a gaming bus, cooking and football!

Come along to the sign up sessions to guarantee your place - only 20 available! Sign ups open on the 14th November at 16:30 at Abbey Neighbourhood Centre, and 19:00 and the Charles Burrell Centre! Free pizza available on the 14th!

If you have any questions, please do get in touch with us at theoffshootfoundation@gmail.com

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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