Overview

 

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On Road is a charity that tackles social problems by improving media coverage of misrepresented groups and issues. The On Road team brings people together, runs events and what we call the “interactions” – informal and curated meet-ups between community members and senior journalists – and works with clients and communities to design projects that bring about real social change.

Our charity has worked on several groundbreaking projects like All About Trans, which improves the portrayal of transgender people in the media.

Current work – improving media coverage of sexual and domestic abuse

On Road has been awarded funding to explore ways to improve the media’s coverage of sexual abuse and for the Clear Lines Festival, we organised an expert media panel of journalists in July 2015 to tackle this issue. It asked: ‘How can we improve media coverage of sexual assault and abuse?’. The panel was part of a 4-day event of theatre, film, performance, comedy and discussion, taking place in central London. The project will explore ways to improve the way the UK media talks about sexual violence, through bringing media influencers together with people whose voices are rarely heard – those who have experienced sexual violence or professionals in the field. We are working closely with individuals, activists, organisations and professionals who work in this sector to carry out media interactions, events and training from 2017-18.

Clear Lines Festival 2015

CLEAR LINES FESTIVAL 2015

Recent work with the trans community

Since 2011/12, we’ve been delivering All About Trans and Patchwork, supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation (formerly BBC and Channel 4). Working closely with the trans community, we have held over 40 informal social meet-ups with over 250 media and other sector professionals across the UK, encouraging greater understanding between the transgender community and the media. We have also been working with trans filmmakers and youth on a digital storytelling project called Patchwork, showcasing stories from diverse, British trans people. A selection of these short films was released on Channel 4 in 2015 called ‘My Trans Story’. This project has also led to BBC Two’s ‘Boy Meets Girl’ the UK’s first comedy sitcom, with a trans character at its heart, starring Rebecca Root and Harry Hepple. You can read about the work at “All About Trans“.

Digital Undoc

In 2012, we delivered “Digital Undoc”, a project commissioned by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, which is looking at ways we can use digital technologies get information and support to children and young people with irregular immigration status. As part of this work we held Undoc Camp.

Digital Undoc 2012

Savvy Chavvy

In 2008 we won the Catalyst Community Award for work on Media for Development’s project, “Savvy Chavvy”, a social network for young Gypsies and Travellers.

Finalists

We were finalists for the 2012 Nominet Internet Awards and Technology 4 Good Awards, for our work with the Single Homeless Project (SHP), piloting the use of a mobile training centre with SHP clients to create the blog, Unheard Holler.

Charity information

On Road Ltd. is a charity registered in England and Wales (1165237). We were awarded charity status in January 2016.