Equality Hub Network – Hate Crime Event

We filmed at a the Hate Crime event run by the Equality Hub Network.

The Network is made up of the following Equality Hubs based on protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010:

– Age Hub (young people and older people)
– BME Hub (Black and Minority Ethnic)
– Carers’ Hub
– Disability Hub
– LGBT Hub (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans)
– Religion/Belief Hub (includes no religion/belief)
– Women’s Hub

Quarterly events bring all the Equality Hubs together on cross-cutting themes.

Get Involved:

equalitiesandinvolvement@sheffield.gov.uk
www.sheffield.gov.uk/equalityhub

The Restorative Justice Council promotes quality restorative practice for everyone. An independent charity, it is the membership body for the field of restorative practice. Find out more here: www.restorativejustice.org.uk.

Something About Us

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We are happy to announce an exciting project, Something About Us, funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and based in Worksop. Working with young people from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender group W.O.W in Worksop, the project aims to research and record what it was like historically to be LBGT in the past compared to the present-day, with a focus on the local area.

The project is providing training in archive research skills, oral history techniques and filmmaking skills, providing an opportunity for these LGBT young people to have a voice and to share the history they have found with their wider community to aid a more beneficial understanding of the LGBT community locally. The young people are producing a documentary film using their oral history interviews and archive research findings while recording their own on-going reflections of the research process on GoPro cameras to produce a separate reflective film.

Bringing the local hidden stories of the LGBT community to life will make the archive material more accessible in general and in a digital format that other young people in a similar situation can relate to and benefit from.

This project will give the LGBT W.O.W members a voice in their own town and community while helping them as individuals on their own personal journeys as they learn about the experiences of other LGBT people in the past.

We will be working with our partners Nottinghamshire Rainbow Heritage, an organisation that celebrates Nottinghamshire’s LGBT lives, hidden history and culture. NRH organise events: exhibitions; displays; workshops and training, gather artifacts memorabilia and audio and video recordings of LGBT people’s experiences and opinions.

Commenting on the award, Managing Director of E.D.E.N, Claire Watkinson said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will support young people learn about LGBT History while also developing their historical and creative skills.”

W.O.W Youth Worker, Claire Bradley, said: “This will be a great experience for the young people. It will be important for them to understand and learn about their history, heritage and that of the wider LGBT community. It will be something that stays with them forever.”

New Film Course – Trashing Transphobia

Trashing Transphobia

We are launching a free evening filmmaking course with the aim of producing a film that tackles the widespread issue of discrimination, bullying and prejudice that many transgender people face in the UK today.

Expanding on the success of previous filmmaking projects educating society on topics relating to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, E.D.E.N will in this course focus its attention on transphobia.

The project, named Trashing Transphobia, will run weekday evenings from August until November in Sheffield and welcomes anyone who self-identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Trashing Transphobia will tackle misconceptions, stereotypes and prejudices surrounding the transgender community as well as increase LGBT networking by providing a safe, fun and educational space for participants.

E.D.E.N Managing Director Claire Watkinson will, with the help of industry experts, guide participants through workshops, filming and editing sessions as well as offer one-on-one support.

“We have in our previous projects been able to raise awareness of some of the issues that lesbian, gay and bisexual people face and we’ve seen that have a great effect. We have however ever since setting out in 2013 recognised a demand for education on the topic of transgender and with transphobic hate crime on the rise we see it as particularly important to raise these issues,” said Claire.

“It is fantastic to now be able to reveal a project that focuses solely on the transgender community. At E.D.E.N we strive for equality and diversity in everything that we do and we are very excited to be launching Trashing Transphobia which we hope will have a big, positive impact.”

The workshops will train participants to use professional DSLR video equipment and to record sound as well as develop narration, production and editing skills. They will also include training on transphobia. These skills will then be utilised to develop, produce, record and edit an educational feature length documentary. The finished feature length documentary will be screened on Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20 November 2015.

The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund.

“The Big Lottery Fund supports the aspirations of people who want to make life better for their communities across the UK. We are responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by the National Lottery for good causes and invest over £650 million a year in projects big and small in health, education, environment and charitable purposes.”

“Since June 2004 we have awarded over £8 billion to projects that make a difference to people and communities in need, from early years intervention to commemorative travel funding for World War Two veterans.”

Since the National Lottery began in 1994, £33 billion has been raised and more than 450,000 grants awarded.

To book a place on the course email info@edenfilm.co.uk or phone 07725911736.

Hate Crime Video Released

Today, we are launching our latest film, Hate Crime.

We were commissioned by the Sheffield City Council as part of the Equality and Fairness Grant to produce a film raising awareness about Hate Crime. We filmed a series of interviews with a variety of representatives and members of the Equality Hub Network.

Hate crimes are often not reported and this video aims to inform the importance of reporting hate crimes and how to report a hate crime.

Please share this video to help raise awareness.

Conversations That Matter launch

Today, we are launching our latest film, Conversations That Matter.

This film was funded by the Sheffield City Council and focuses on the contributions of the LGBT community with the specific aim to demonstrate what there is for LGBT women in Sheffield and what still needs to be tackled. We spoke with several organisations including, LGBT@50+, WHAT, LGBT Committee at Sheffield’s Student Union and Rachel Sanchez the Development Officer from Sheffield City Council.

Please check it out and let us know what you think.

International Day Against Homophobia

International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia

Sunday the 17th of May was International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, a day that commemorates the day in 1990 on which the World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental disorder. The event in Sheffield was held in the Peace Gardens where approximately 200 people attended. There were speeches from Steve Slack – Sexual Health Sheffield, Nikki Bond – Labour Councillor, Adam Hood – Head of Sheffield Pride, Nell Stockton – Trans Activist and Director with LGBT Sheffield and young people from Sheena Amos Youth Trust (SAYiT). Then the one-minute of noise, which was captured on camera by LGBT Sheffield.

International Day Against Homophobia

Activities then followed, which included the E.D.E.N Action! films being screened on a loop in the Museum Sheffield activity room.

E.D.E.N was part of the planning group for Sheffield’s 2015 event celebrating the 10-year anniversary. We worked alongside Sexual Health Sheffield, Sheffield City Council, Museums Sheffield, LGBT Sheffield, Sheffield Pride and SAYiT.

New Website, New Look, New Films

New Website, New Look, New Films …

Hello and welcome to our brand new website!

It has been a very exciting journey since founding E.D.E.N Film Productions in 2013.

We have recently completed our latest project, E.D.E.N Action! which involved training 10 unemployed members of the LGBT community with filmmaking skills. They used these filmmaking skills to create three fantastic films; these can be viewed at Our Projects page.

I was incredibly proud and impressed with all the learners and volunteers’ that were part of the project. There was so much passion, dedication and creative development throughout the process of the project.

The rebranding of E.D.E.N focuses on our core aims, Equality, Diversity, Education and Nurturing. The creatures have been developed to represent each area of our aims, you can find out more about these in the special + option in the top right hand corner of the website. We have also had a colour change from green to orange – which I like a lot!

Please have a look around the website and let us know what you think. You will be able to find out about our aims, projects, work, campaigning and our latest news.

Thanks for reading and please get in touch if you have any questions or feedback.

Claire
Managing Director