About us

ICM staff with some of our ESOL learners at the Suffolk Adult Learner Awards

Ipswich Community Media:

ICM’s mission is to challenge inequality by empowering people to transform their lives through learning and creativity.

Launched in 2015 as a Community Interest Company by a group of people with a shared vision to serve the local community through music, media, the creative arts and language learning. ICM’s focus is rooted in a deep belief in fairness and social justice to work with those at the very margins of society to make Ipswich a better place for all. All of our offerings are free at the point of access because we passionately believe that open access for the most disadvantaged in our community is vital for a healthy inclusive society.We are based just off Norwich Road in Ipswich, one of the most diverse and exciting areas of our town. It is also an area with many challenges, as Westgate Ward is one of the most deprived wards in the country. But with around a third of local residents from migrant and refugee communities we are proud to be part of such a diverse neighborhood.

Our Projects:

Find out about some of our projects in our ICM booklet:

ICM staff with learners, volunteers, and friends at our IConnect Launch

Our Charitable Objectives:

  1. To advance education of the public in communication skills through media, ESOL, and information technology
  2. To develop the capacity and skills of the economically and socially disadvantaged in the East of England
  3. Promotion of Equality and Diversity by
    • Promoting activities to foster understanding between people of diverse backgrounds
    • Cultivating sentiment in favour of equality and diversity

Our Values:

  • Empowerment
  • Inclusion
  • Empathy
  • Fun
  • Integrity
  • Care


Our Funders:

We’re able to keep doing what we do thanks to the generous support of our funders.

Gender Equality in Business Charter:

Ipswich Community Media is a supporter of Suffolk Chamber of Commerce’s Gender Equality in Business charter, see the full charter below:


Environmental Policy:

South Street Studios and its partners recognise the international climate emergency. To play our part we will develop a strategy and costed action plan with the ambition of making South Street Studios carbon neutral by 2030. We will publicise this work and encourage and support our local community to do their bit to tackle the climate emergency.

Accredited Living Wage Employer:


We are delighted to announce that we are now an accredited Living Wage employer! We are committed to paying all staff the real living wage for the real cost of living.

Read more about the movement here.