We’re an award-winning social enterprise in Skelmersdale with a reputation for delivering innovative and unique projects. In the past, we’ve been backed by organisations like Comic Relief and The National Lottery Fund. Now, we've started our most ambitious project yet; a feature film, featuring real people, and we need your support.
"Skem, I Love You" is the world's first social enterprise feature film. This means our budget is spent on real community projects that tackle genuine issues in Skem, whilst giving people the opportunity to participate in making the film; where they pick up new skills.
To help tackle the rise in violent crime in Skem, we're raising money to run a series of stand-up comedy, poetry and rap workshops that engage with Skem's young people. As well as giving everyone involved lasting skills and experiences, the project promotes community cohesion and social inclusion.
Once the participants are ready, together we'll launch and film the 'Skem, I Love You Arts Festival' at pop-up venues all over the town.
Dan Carmichael is a stand-up comedian and community theatre group leader from Skem; he'll lead the sessions and give the kids the performance skills, writing tools and confidence they'll need to share their lives in a positive, dynamic and powerful way.
Donate today and by the summer, 'Skem, I Love You Arts Festival' will be popping up in a street near you.
So, what is a social enterprise feature film?
It doesn’t exist; we’ve invented it!
As a social enterprise feature film, 'Skem, I Love You' will re-invest its profits back in to the communities it works with, rather than pay dividends to shareholders. Unlike regular film productions that invest in expensive set design and studios, as a social enterprise production, we will invest in and shoot real projects, with real people, that will have a real and lasting impact on the community. Any profits made will fund the 'Skem, I Love You' bursary; available to Skelmersdale residents wishing to launch creative projects in future.
As a committed social enterprise production, we're proud to have the support of Social Enterprise UK.
Skelmersdale is a small town in Lancashire just outside of Liverpool. It's often derided as a place of poverty, deprivation and violence, but this is just a small part of Skem's story. Skelmersdale's also home to a thriving community of award-winning social enterprises, all committed to working with the most vulnerable and all delivering life-changing work. ‘Skem, I Love You’ is collaborating with these people to tell inspiring and unconventional love stories that reflect the real lives and experiences of Skem residents, stories that aren't often represented on screen.
Made with love, in Skem.