About us

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Nottingham Photographers’ Hub (NPH) Community Interest Company (CIC) formally registered with Companies House on 7 January 2011.

Its founder members (Directors of the Company) are three people with collectively over 60 years’ experience of working in community development. Two of the Directors, Jagdish Patel and Mervyn Mitchell are also professional photographers and through their work and life experiences have witnessed the profound benefits that photography can have in raising confidence and self-esteem to vulnerable individuals and communities. Clare has a wealth of experience including mentoring and advocacy, campaigning, setting up and developing projects that meet identified needs and supporting the third sector through grant administration.

These experiences influenced the development of NPH which was set up to support marginalised individuals and communities using photography as a vehicle for personal development, community empowerment, as a pathway to other opportunities and to facilitate social change.

We aim to give a voice to people who generally go unheard which includes those with mental ill health, young people (particularly those in care, are carers, who live in chaotic circumstances, misuse alcohol and substances, are homeless, having learning disabilities and young offenders) and black and minority ethnic communities including new arrivals and asylum seekers.

To achieve our aims we deliver bespoke community based courses designed around beneficiary needs. Potential beneficiaries prior to joining our courses undergo an initial assessment with their mental health professional (social workers, occupational therapists etc.) and if both agree that our activities would be beneficial to them they are referred to our service together with information about any additional support needs they have that NPH staff need to consider to maximise their learning experience.

Courses typically comprise up to 12 learners and run for 10-15 weeks depending on their needs and teach a range of personal development skills such as verbal and visual communication, teamwork, negotiation, decision making and interpersonal skills. Each course concludes with an Exhibition and Awards Ceremony where learners showcase their work to a wider audience and receive their framed photographs, a Certificate of Achievement and a portfolio of their work.