Producing creative outputs with community groups.

At Poached Creative, we believed in sharing our knowledge.

Running online journalism training with The Big Issue.
Ondre Roach
In-house training and volunteering opportunities.


We offered a range of training and work placements for long-term unemployed or disadvantaged people to gain experience as part of our creative team. We also ran our own communications training and the highly praised Big Issue Online Journalism Programme.

Big Issue Online Journalism Programme

Our six week programme with The Big Issue for people who were homeless or marginalised. The course offered trainees an insight into the worlds of writing and photography from a journalism point of view, and provides them with the skills to move into paid work, freelancing, voluntary work or further training.  

“Training like this is not available anywhere. This is really good because it’s hands on as well as the written part of it. I've learnt a hell of a lot in a short period of time.” Anil, former trainee and founder, Buzz Bike Hire

Find out more about the Big Issue online journalism programme.

Writing and communications traineeships

Writing and communications trainees worked with us one or two days per week (9.30am-4.30pm) over an initial period of six weeks, learning all aspects of writing for print and web in a unique mix of structured training and work experience. All trainees worked on real projects for Poached and its clients.

To find out more about the experience, read our trainee stories


Communication is more effective when it involves the target audience. Our model of co-creation - creating a communications output while upskilling audience groups - supported projects such as Peabody's award-winning Staying Safe campaign, South Gloucestershire Council's A Forgotten Landscape project, the BBC Hackney Academy, reporting and presenting for Heart n Soul and event reporting for Discover Young Hackney.

"Really interesting few weeks on the reporting and presenting module...I now know that I am 100% sure that I want a career in some sort of media."
Lilly, member, Heart n Soul media team