One Vision Media CIO, a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, was established in March 2015. Originally One Vision began as a not-for-profit organisation started by a free speech group of people with disabilities in October 1998. The original group would meet one day per week to discuss ways in which they could voice their opinions and concerns about the services they would come into contact with on a regular basis. Choosing film as the medium gave everyone the opportunity to have and learn new skills whilst creating powerful messages to share with a wider audience. What started with just a handful of students and 2 staff members has now developed into a thriving organisation. One Vision is proud to welcome in over 50 members across the week and now has an amazing staff team of 20, each person dedicated to delivering an excellent activity programme and providing the best quality of care for every one of our members.
With money from Wigan Adult Services, the group were able to secure rent for a room in a building in Wigan before moving to Hope Enterprise Centre the following year.
From renting just one unit for one day per week, the project has grown and grown. With successful applications to Awards For All and the Big Lottery Fund, the project was able to employ staff, buy new camera equipment and rent additional units. A second successful bid the Big Lottery Fund was obtained in 2008 giving One Vision an additional 5 years funding.
It was during this time that we began to really develop the activities programme to cover more areas of learning and also when we began to develop links with other groups and organisations.
The aims of objectives of our organisation have developed from the original mission statement of providing people with disabilities with the opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions through the medium of film making