Our Services: At Sapphire we do multiple things. However our main focus, is making young people achieve their dreams. This is achieved through our formula; To unite our worlds through Literature, Media, Events and Programmes.
We realised there is 4 ways to impact the world, through what young people read (Literature), through where they go (Events), through what they watch and listen to (Media) and lastly we need to sustain young people's learnings (Programmes)
Literature - We help young people publish books. We run literacy and creative writing workshops. We have helped over 100 young people publish books till today. We have run over 50 writing workshops for the past 4 years. We also have an online writing community of 50 young BAME women writers. Lastly we work with 30 young people a year to produce a magazine.
Events - From open mic nights, game nights, film nights to poetry festivals. We have held over 300 events and workshops in the past 4 years. We hold events that engage the community and tackle social issues affecting the lives of our young people. Each event we hold has had over 100 to even 500 attendees. We have worked with partners such as Boxpark or Pop Brixton to hold festivals. The last event we had held over 100 young people discussing around mental health and suicide.
Media - At Sapphire we have a Talkshow centred around young BAMER women who are discussing social issues. We also have a Radioshow run by our young people. These platforms reach thousands of young people and is positively impacting social issues. We have support from SKY, Fame TV and Volunteers from BBC who help with the projects. Additionally we produce documentaries and films with our young people. Last year we produced a 12 episode documentary and a 2 hour feature film that we showed in cinemas. Our film projects help 15 to 20 young people a month. Alongside this, we work with colleges to get the young people accredited film making qualifications.
Programmes - We have ran over 30 programmes till date. Our key programmes:
Humanity - We run a women’s night shelter every year from December to April housing vulnerable
women for 5 nights a week which is funded by housing of justice. We work with 5 other charities such as Transform Shoreditch and Arch 76. This service is aimed at tackling homelessness.