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New company aims to raise £15k for Crossroads

Orkney folk are being encouraged to put their eye to the viewfinder, as a new community interest company sets its focus on boosting the county’s creativity while also aiding charity.

Orkney Studio CIC is a newly launched community interest company, set up to encourage people to get involved in micro budget independent film-making in Orkney.

The company’s aim is to build confidence, develop ambition and enable individuals and businesses to grow through media. It plans to shoot short and feature length films, run educational courses as well as other projects that make a difference to the lives of people across Orkney and neighbouring counties. It also wants to offer small charities and good causes in the county an opportunity to work with it, to produce promotional videos and help with marketing.

Louise James, volunteer fundraiser, said: “Any profits or activities that the CIC does, that brings money into the organisation, will be re-invested back into the CIC to help our social aims.

“We will also be donating a percentage of that money to our Asset Lock, which is Crossroads Care Orkney. Our goal is to raise at least £15,000 for Crossroads Care Orkney this year. Having used the services of Crossroads in the past, and experiencing first hand how vital their services are, it was decided that the CIC would support

Arlene Montgomery, manager of Crossroads Care Orkney, said: “We are extremely grateful, and appreciate any donations that Orkney Studio CIC will be making.

“These donations will go towards free-of-charge respite care for unpaid carers through our Crossroads Respite Scheme, which provides practical help to unpaid carers in the form of a short respite break.

“Other resources that donations help with are things like dementia clocks and other aids.”

In the coming weeks, Orkney Studio CIC will be launching one of its first fundraising events.

If you are interested in learning more about Orkney Studio CIC, you can visit www.orkney.studio or the Orkney Studio Facebook page.