London College of Communication is looking for creative professionals to donate some of their time and expertise to help students create free communication, marketing and design work for local charities, social enterprises and community groups as part of an ongoing project.

So far as part of Talent Works, 78 students have helped 45 mostly Southwark and Lambeth-based organisations – building websites, running social media campaigns, creating new branding, making films, taking photographs, designing print and digital materials, and writing stories.

A new round of Talent Works will be taking place this December, and this time we’re looking for creative professionals and industry experts to lend a few hours (or a full day!) of their time to help students with their work.

Talent Works was designed to address two main challenges. The first was to give access to high-quality communications talent to local social enterprises, charities and community groups to help them grow. The second was to give students and graduates paid freelance work that might help kick-start their career – and Talent Works is aimed specifically at students who might not normally get the chance to do a placement.

Website design for Silverfit by Valentina Stanhartinger, BA (Hons) Graphic Branding & Identity student.

“Talent Works is designed to be accessible for students who might not usually be able to take on a placement, such as if they are carers or other reasons which might mean dedicating long periods of time difficult,” said Matt Guy, part of London College of Communication’s Business and Innovation team.

“The project is a good chance to give these students their first go at a live brief – helping train them up in skills and paying them for their time.”

Matt added: “This year we’re looking for creative professionals to help as volunteer mentors for anything from a few hours to a full day. You might come in and help students understand the brief from the client a little better, help the students explore the needs of the client, or advise on how they might present their work or proposals – and there might be a little guidance on the process of the work itself.”

Students this year will be working with local charities, social enterprises and community groups on anything from graphic design and filmmaking to animation, copywriting, illustration, or the production of print materials.

If you’re interested in sharing your knowledge as a volunteer mentor for Talent Works this December to help students help local social enterprises, charities and community groups, please contact Matt Guy(matt.guy@lcc.arts.ac.uk) – deadline: Monday 5 November 2018.