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Talent works

Website design for It's Your Local Market
It's Your Local Market by Mohammed Samad and James Tangtaveesukho

Talent Works

Talent Works gives LCC students and recent graduates paid work with local charities, social enterprises and community groups. 78 students and recent graduates have worked with 45 organisations. Thanks to funders, all of our clients received the work at no cost.

Talent Works has built websites, run social media campaigns, created new branding, made films, taken photographs, designed print and digital materials, and written stories.

Why we did it

We discovered that local social enterprises, charities and community groups can’t access high-quality communications talent to help them grow. Students and recent graduates can sometimes struggle to get their first paid freelance job – the job that may kick-start their career.

Talent Works was designed to address these two challenges.

What we’ve done

In 2016 we tested the need and where we could have the most impact, helping charities and social enterprises with a wide range of creative and communications projects.

In 2017 Talent Works added training for the students, prototyping with 12 students a project that has been scaled up in 2018. This year 51 students were trained in web design, build and publishing, and in client management, before being matched to 25 organisations who needed a new website.

Talent Works has helped a wide range of organisations, both large and small, new and established, mostly based in Southwark and Lambeth. We’ve been supported by The Wakefield and Tetley Trust and Bermondsey Square Community Fund, and have worked closely with Community Southwark, Business in the Community, United St Saviours, Impact Hub Brixton and Hatch.

Next steps

Talent Works continues to develop, learning from and building on success so that the programme can support more students and more local organisations.

If you’d like more information please contact Matt Guy

We’re particularly looking for creative industry professionals who can support students taking part in Talent Works as volunteer mentors.