Getting Arty in Bracknell

In July 2016 Together We Create embark on a new partnership with Southern Housing at  Jubilee Court in Bracknell, Berkshire. Working across the summer (July – September) the team will be collaborating with residents to run a series of community lead workshops.  These workshops build towards the creation of art for the communal lounge at Jubilee Court.

The project has three phases:

1) Fun resident engagement; a chance for residents from across the neighbourhood to interact and get to know one another. This will also provide the opportunity for residents to share stories, photos, memories about Jubilee Court that can help inform the art work at the end of the project.

2) Art workshops for residents; creating an opportunity for residents to learn new skills and contribute towards the making of the artwork. Working alongside a professional artist.

3)Production of final art work to be hung in the communal lounge at Jubilee Court

Follow us on Twitter @TWC_Projects for regular updates on the project.

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You are all invited to the Let’s Play final!

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Let’s Play FinalSaturday 21st May 2016,

Hounslow Youth CentreKingsley Road, TW3 1NX

Come and join us for the Let’s Play Final!
Let’s Play is a project that has been running in schools, youth centres and community setting across Hounslow since the beginning of this year. The aim of the project is to bring people together through games. Be prepared for lots of fun and laughter!

Activities will run from 10am-12pm with a shared lunch of sandwiches, crisps and fruit from 12-1pm

This is a free event open to all ages

Parking on site is limited
Under 18s must attended with an adult
Please let the team know if you have any allergies.

If you are a group of 5 or more and you require free transport please email: hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk

The Let’s Play project has been developed and organised by local charity Together We Create. To find out more about what we do check out our website: www.togetherwecreate.org.uk

Our continued thanks to the community engagement team at Hounslow Council, Thames Valley Housing Association and the team from Hounslow Youth Centre

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Lets Play- Project Perfect!

Wow what an amazing two weeks! Over the last 10 days the TWC Team have run six incredible Let’s Play workshops across Hounslow and Greater London.  To date we have worked with over 100 young people encouraging them and their families to get involved in the Let’s Play games.

IMG_4026On Saturday 2nd April we were lucky to be invited to  the Southville Funday. Jennie Tweedy the Centre Manager for the Southville Community and Childrens Centre emailed us with this great feedback:

“I just wanted to say a big thank you for coming to our event on Saturday, the feedback was great. The team were helpful, professional and most of all fun and the children had a great time. I spent yesterday afternoon trying to get a biscuit from my forehead into my mouth without using my hands and we had a great lot of fun and laughter thanks to such a simple game.”

Jennie’s Colleague Samantha added “You engaged with all the children and us IMG_4040adults too with your brilliant games. Your Team are fantastic. All of you have the wow factor!!

The Lets Play workshops will continue across April and May culminating with a Let’s Play Celebration Event on Saturday 21st May at Hounslow Youth Centre.

If you run a community group in Hounslow and would like to get involved in this free project please email hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk or contact the Michelle at the    IMG_4053Hounslow Community Partnerships Unit on 020 8583 2454 

Talking Tech in West London

We have already had a busy start to 2016! Since the New Year we have been running Tech Talk, a fantastic new project working with 18 Software Development and Coding students fromWest Thames College to develop Apps for the greater good.

CZub-icWIAQ8s-ZWith our world becoming more and more App-centric, we wanted to run a project that not only teaches skills in Apps and App development, but also inspires people to develop Apps that can support the wider community. Tech Talk delivers just this.

Our project is based on the hugely successful Apps for Good programme and in typical TWC style, we have put our own spin
on it. To inspire our students further, we enrolled a number of
professionals working in the world of Software Development, Coding and App production to support each workshop. Our volunteer techies have been on hand to answer technical questions, refine ideas, share their tips of the trade and advise on how a successful career can be made with these skills.

CZLAILCWIAcCMuLSince the start of the project our students have been developing some fantastic ideas for new Apps. One such idea has been a weather App which tells you what clothes you should wear to match the weather outside – a great idea I think we would all agree!

On the 2nd March, our students will present their best App ideas to a Dragons Den Panel of leading tech professionals. Good luck to all students. We look forward to sharing their ideas with you in due course.

Thanks go to the Heathrow Community Fund for
kindly supporting this project, and to our wonderful volunteers who has helped to make this a truly fantastic and inspirational project.

Let’s Play in Hounslow

Remember playing hide and seek? Tag? Jump rope? At TWC we love playing games, and we believe that play and leisure activities perform an increasingly important role in developing communities, combating social exclusion and disadvantage, and increasing opportunities for bringing people together. It was with this in mind that we developed a new project called Let’s Play in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. and Thames Valley Housing Association


Together we Create Poster 55The Let’s Play project is centred on the role of sports and leisure in the context of play, community engagement, empowerment and development. Adapting traditionalplaying games, we will be running a series of play-themed community events, designed to engage and equip local community groups and individuals of all ages with the tools, places and inspiration to make play accessible and a priority for everyone.
                                                                                                                                                Talking about the project, TWC Founder, Sarah, explains; “As a charity we strive to create a positive and inclusive environment where everyone is valued and achievements are celebrated.This project contines our commitment to support communities across the London Borough of Hounslow. By developing this new and innovative programme our hope is that we can make community engagement simple and accessible to all”

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 The project will be running from March to May.Keen to join in? To help get you started, we have developed the totally unique, Let’s Play games book which will be published end of February. Please email Hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk  for a copy of this book. Every participant will receive a Play Book.

Thanks to the generous support of the Hounslow Community Grant and our team of volunteers who have helped make this project possible.

Tech Talk in 2016 – Inspirational People Needed!

The Team from Together We Create are chuffed to announce a fab new coding project for Spring 2016.

The project, called Tech Talk, will challenge up to 40 BTEC and HND student studying Software Development and Coding at West Thames Collage in Hounslow to develop an App which will benefit their community

This project is framed around the Apps for Good programme interspersed with input from inspirational people working in the world of software development, coding and app production.

We are looking for a minimum of six inspirational people to help lead one of the six sessions which make up this project. These inspirational folk will share the story of how they got into software development/coding/app development with the young people and then set two task for the students to complete during the session. Each sessions lasts just under three hours and are scheduled to run on Wednesdays across the Spring Term.

We have some funding thanks to a grant from Heathrow Community Fund.

If you’d like more information please email sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

 

 

Snap Happy in Somers Town!

CTY8Fl2WoAA9-IICTY8FJvW4AAi8OHThis Autumn, Together We Create teamed up with Origin Housing and Holborn Community Association (HCA) to deliver a six week photography masterclass for young people living in Somers Town, just behind St Pancras Station in Central London.

Across the six week project, young people from the area learnt everything from basic photographic techniques through to advanced digital editing using Adobe photoshop. By the end of the project the children produced over 20 stunning photos which they displayed at a special arts preview at the end of project in November.


CTY8Fi5XIAAi0eFThe sessions were lead by Lesley from HCA. With years of experience in working with young people. Lesley was really thrilled at the chance to work with young people from Somers Town. ‘These children show such talent and creativity’, she remarked.

Our very own Ursula, one of the Together We Create freelancers, supported Lesley in the workshop sessions. Ursula said,’”This has been a really fab project. The kids are great. The location (where the project was run- Basil Jelico Hall) was great. Working alongside another experienced workshop leader was great. Sign me up for the next course!”

The project was funded by BBC Children in Need with support from Origin Housing.

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Jumpers for Goal Posts

Kew FootballJumper for Goal Posts is a new project for TWC which brings together two of our favourite project partners; Thames Valley Housing and Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust.

The project builds on the work we have delivered at Kew Riverside over the past six months. Through events, conversations and surveys it became clear that the community was divided on the sticky subject of football. Lotsof the young people in the neighbourhood like playing football, but felt they had no where to
play. This then caused tension with local residents who didn’t appreciate the young people playing in public areas, especially in the street.

With the support of Brentford Fooball Club the team from TWC worked with Thames Valley Housing to create a weekly program of football training sessions at Chiswick Sports Grounds for the young people living in the Kew Riverside neighbourhood.

Kew Football ThreeKew Football 2Jamie from Thames Valley said “The team from TWC did a really great job in canvassing opinions and collecting insight about the needs of residents on living in Kew Riverside. It’s great to see the young people really enjoying the weekly football session. This is full credit to the dynamic staff from Brentford FC inclusion Team.”

 

Sarah from Together We Create added “Jumper for Goal Post is a really excellent example for community engagement. To travel from community conversations to action within four months is a great achievement. Well done all at Thames Valley.”

The project runs from October 2015 – March 2016

The Watermills Weekly

IMG_6719Since the end of June 2015, the team from Together We Create (TWC) have been running ‘Watermills Weekly’ outdoor play sessions every Tuesday evening at the Watermills Estate in Edmonton, in collaboration with Origin Housing.

During the sessions the team from TWC facilitate a number of short games and challenges that encourage the children who live on the estate to play together and look after & respect their local environment. Through this the children build up their confidence and self esteem alongside their team work and leadership skills.IMG_6961

At least 10 children participate in the project each week, which equates to over 120 outputs since we began the project at the beginning of the summer. The children vary in age from as young as 4 years old to young teenagers aged 13 and 14.

As the winter nights draw in the team from TWC will switch from our regular Tuesday night slot to a Saturday afternoon. The weekend workshops are designed to encourage a next level of commitment from the children who currently take part in the ‘Watermills Weekly’ sessions. Moving away from just playing, these workshops will give the children the opportunity to take more ownership of the program of events, projects and sessions that run on the estate.

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For weekly updates check out the @TWC_Projects twitter account 

 

 

A Huge TWC Thank You!

IMG_6434It has been a phenomenal summer for the TWC Team, the busiest on record! We have been making pop videos in Brentford, playing zombie tag in West Drayton, creating board games in Kew, decorating cupcakes in Ashford and kite flying in Edmonton… and that is just the tip of the iceberg!

We’d like to thank all our community partners who have engaged us with some great neighbourhoods this summer. We’d also like to thank our amazing freelancers who have worked their socks off.

CI2JxY_WUAAbs1MAs we move into the Autumn Term we continue our ongoing work on the Watermills Estate in Edmonton. We will also be supporting the young people in Kew Riverside as we hand the project over to Brentford Football Club.

Finally we  are very excited to announce the launch of a new project for Hounslow and Slough which is supported by the BAA Community Fund. Working in collaboration with Thames Valley Housing Association we are setting up a Social-Apps-for-Good project which will encourage young people to help build their communities tCJpqSwjWUAAShczhrough technology. Fun times ahead!

 

 

For more information email hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk or find us on twitter@TWC_Projects

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