If you would like to bring this event to your cinema or community space, we can fund a facilitator to come to your venue. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. Alternatively, many of these workshops can be run with minimal resources and experience. Read how to get started below.
The Big Knights education package is a brilliant opportunity to introduce the basics of animation to families and young people. It allows them to explore how to bring ideas from script to screen and inspire animators of the future.Worksheets
Working with families together is a great way of running workshops and activities. For you it means not needing to think about the staffing ratios as the ultimate responsibility for the children is with the parents. For the families it enables them to share, experiment and investigate together and potentially build further on new ideas and experiences once they get home.
The ideas and worksheets can be adapted to fit your needs or you can develop your own and we would love to hear how you get on!
If you are new to having young audiences in your venue you will need to think about the following:
Disclosure check: all staff working with children and young people in the U.K need to get a disclosure check, details of how to do this can be found here:
England: Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)
Scotland: Disclosure Scotland
Northern Ireland: Access Northern Ireland
Child protection policy: there are several organisations that can provide your cinema with guidance for writing and implementing child protection policies and procedures.
Safe Network provide free advice, template policies and a step-by-step guide for creating a policy that is suitable to the needs of the children and young people visiting your venue: Safe Network
The NSPCC are also able to provide consultancy services relating to child protection policies: Child protection consultancy service
Risk assessments: you will need to think particularly about the risk factors from a child’s point of view making sure staff that will come into contact with them are aware of any extra risks.
Photo permission forms: whether it’s to share some images of the activities on social media or for future promotion, you will need permission forms if you want to use any photos that you take of the young people.
Public liability insurance: as a venue you will have this but if you bring in freelancers make sure that they have their own. If they are running arts workshops they can get it through membership of this: Artist Membership
Event notices: this is a great way of organising the sessions so that they match up smoothly with the screening and also enable everyone in the building to know what to expect, particularly for front of house and those in the cafe.
Sign in sheet: it’s always good to have a record of how many people participated in the activity. If you can spare a member of staff to sign in families you can also ask for their contact details which can be taken for the mailing list. Face to face contact is a brilliant opportunity to build a relationship with your audience and to promote future events.
Evaluation forms: can be a photocopied template or maybe a postcard and are another way of obtaining details for the mailing list. Feedback is invaluable for shaping future programmes and for promotion as you can tweet positive responses or use them on your website and in your programme.