Active Fusion’s Inspirational Film Takes Centre Stage at Smile Charity Film Awards 2024

The ‘Unified Leaders’ film shot at Doncaster School for the Deaf is a celebration of inclusivity, empowerment and transformative impact. 


In a heartwarming celebration of inclusivity and empowerment, Active Fusion, the dynamic charity dedicated to transforming the lives of young people, has entered the prestigious Smiley Charity Film Awards 2024 with their emotionally charged film about the Unified Leaders project. The Charity Film Awards, one of the grandest events on the charity calendar, attracts hundreds of entrants, and this year, Active Fusion stands out among the contenders with their powerful film shot at Doncaster School for the Deaf. 

The piece showcases Active Fusion’s groundbreaking sports leadership programme, which is funded by the Doncaster City Council. This initiative aims to cultivate essential life skills, employability, and physical well-being among young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities through the medium of physical activity. 

The long-form video category features Active Fusion’s Unified Leaders, from Doncaster School for the Deaf, who have embraced the opportunity to become sports leaders and positive role models for their peers, both within and outside the school environment. The program focuses on instilling skills and knowledge to boost physical activity levels, thereby enhancing the overall health and well-being of the participants and those around them. 

Active Fusion’s inclusion work has left an indelible mark on the local community, with countless children and young people benefitting from the transformative effects of the charity’s initiatives. By providing a platform for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities to develop not only physical skills but also interpersonal and leadership abilities, Active Fusion is fostering a generation of empowered individuals ready to make a positive impact on the world. 

As the Smiley Charity Film Awards gather momentum, Active Fusion faces the challenge of garnering votes for their inspiring film. The stakes are high, as the charities with the most votes secure spots on the shortlist and advance to become finalists. Round 1 voting for this year’s competition concludes on January 12th 2024, giving Active Fusion just four weeks to rally support from the community. 

The Unified Leaders film stands as a testament to the life-changing impact of Active Fusion’s work, and the charity is calling on its supporters, friends, and the broader community to rally behind them in this quest for recognition. By casting a vote for Active Fusion, individuals can contribute to the broader movement of promoting inclusivity, empowerment, and positive change for young people with SEND. 

The Smiley Charity Film Awards 2024 promises to be a night of celebration, inspiration, and recognition. Active Fusion’s film has the potential to not only captivate the hearts of viewers but also to shine a spotlight on the incredible work being undertaken to create a brighter, more inclusive future for all.  

You can view the film in full here and cast your vote here to be part of this transformative journey with Active Fusion.