World Photo day through the eyes of a child

World Photo day through the eyes of a child

In June 2019 Photographer Kate Green travelled to Jordan to visit Zaatari Refugee Camp. The camp holds 80,000 Syrian Men, Women and Children that have fled their homes in Syria because of the ongoing War, 20% of the camps residents are children under 5 years old.

This wasn’t just another photographer going over to photograph these ‘poor’ people but a trip to introduce Cameras into the therapeutic practices funded by The Martin James Foundation at the Hope Centre within the camp.

The Hope Centre cares for sick and disabled children and their families providing Psychosocial support, Speech, Physio and Occupational Therapy. It is the only centre of its kind in Zaatari.

Through participatory photography Kate uses cameras to help people connect to themselves, each other and their environment. For the therapist this meant that they had an extra tool in their kitbag to deliver their therapies and keep the children engaged in what can often be difficult and challenging sessions.

One example of the how the camera was used was the Phsycosocial Support Therapist worked with three boys on conflict resolution. The camera was used to record role plays of modelling acceptable behaviour. This turned into creative and fun learning and the opportunity to reflect on the images at the end of the session reenforced the learning.

Kate said “working with the children and therapists in Zaatari was a humbling and sobering experience. It was a privilege to introduce photography and creative learning into the Hope Centre and to witness the positive outcomes that creative therapeutic practices can have.”

 Take a look at the gallery below to see some of the images. To find out more about Martin James Foundation take a look at their website.

Birmingham business expands with VR acquisition

Birmingham business expands with VR acquisition

Birmingham-based business, the Martin James Network, has expanded its portfolio further with the acquisition of VR company, VR Simulation Systems.

Headquartered in Edgbaston, and employing over 1,200 people globally, the Martin James Network is formed from a variety of organisations ranging from start-ups to well-established brands that have been in business for over 15 years.

The network has gone from strength-to-strength over the last two years, having started as a team of ten in rented offices in October 2018.

This latest move sees the network expand its mental health group, TalkOut, as it looks to help businesses navigate new ways of working and support staff wellbeing following the coronavirus outbreak.

Headed up by CEO, Jill Mead, TalkOut will now be able to offer workplaces across the country access to the best employee mental health support using the latest technology, in addition to its existing training and consultancy services.

As well as the new VR offering enabling employees to better understand and manage mental health through simulated environments, TalkOut has launched an app to help businesses connect and engage with teams as the nation adjusts to home working.

Rigorously tested for 18 months, and developed to work across countries and continents, the app helps businesses encourage collaboration, boost engagement, break down silos and provide crucial mental health support and counselling through a specialist chat function.

Ayyab Cockburn, chief operating officer at the Martin James Network, says: “We’re an ambitious network of businesses and we’re always looking at ways to diversify and grow, whilst keeping an eye on emerging trends.

“This latest acquisition is our response to what is a global issue. We’ve all been forced to work remotely, and whilst flexibility is an attractive benefit, this way of working can lead to isolation or silos.

“Businesses now more than ever are faced with both emotional and physical barriers that can and will impact on their success. Accepting that we need to change how we communicate with our employees, will be key in driving businesses forward during this challenging time.”

For more information about the Martin James Network, visit www.martinjamesnetwork.com or www.talkout.com.