06 Oct 2022

Ten years of the Irene Taylor Trust – we talk to them about the power of creativity

As the wonderful The Irene Taylor Trust celebrates the 10th anniversary of Making Tracks, marked by a celebratory performance of music, songs, and films, we caught up with Jake Tily, Creative Programmes Director at The Irene Taylor Trust.

What do you do at The Irene Taylor Trust?

My role is to oversee the day to day running and expansion of all of the Trust’s programmes. As well as our core programmes, I’m fortunate enough to work on special projects such as this collaboration with Inside Job Productions.

Why is it important to you to communicate your work through film?

This year marks 10 years of our two community programmes, Making Tracks with young people and Sounding Out for former prisoners. As we reached this milestone, we wanted to capture the impact the programmes have had on everyone involved. We’ve collected lots of written feedback over the years, but using film really brings people’s stories and experiences to life.

Do your participants get something from the film shoots?

I think something that both us and Inside Job Productions share is the importance of producing high quality artistic work. We feel this is instrumental in developing our participant’s confidence and self-esteem. Having spoken to those who took part in the films, they were in awe of the quality of the final products and felt incredibly proud of what they’d achieved.

Was it important for you to work with a social enterprise?

It was important for us to work with a film production company that is a social enterprise like Inside Job Productions is as we wanted to work with an organisation that shares similar values and ethos to us. Working in the same sector meant we were on the same page as IJP understood our way of working and the people we support.

What are your key messages you want people to get from watching the films?

The arts are transformative, and people’s lives change for the better when you allow them to be creative.

Watch the films on our special showreel page here.