What an Amazing Summer!

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This summer the team at Together We Create have helped 21 groups of eager children make films, create animations, explore how to program, record their own music tracks and we even threw into the mix a couple of trips out and about!

Working with Griffin Park Learning Zone, TWC was commissioned to undertake two big projects this summer. One project was with A2 Dominion a major housing association with homes across the South East. A2 Dominion asked us to create a comprehensive four week programme of creative digital workshops and sporty workshops for the children that live on the GWQ Estate in Brentford.

Whilst that was running in the mornings, in the afternoons the TWC Team worked with a different group of young people to explore youth provision in Hounslow. Working alongside the current Hounslow Youth Council, the TWC Team recruited a crack bunch of investigative reporters to find out what young people really thought. Here is a short interview with three of our reporters explaining what they did.

The Investigators Tale

And as pictures always speak louder than words, here are some photos of the reporters in action.

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News Flash: FREE Summer Holiday Workshops

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Three by Three – Film workshops that make a Difference- with the Youth Council

Free Summer Holiday Workshops

A unique opportunity for young people to develop, shoot and edit a short film about what its like to be a young person in Hounslow, created in conjunction with film makers from Together We Create.

This FREE three day creative workshop will give you the opportunity to become a young filmmaker with a voice. Your films will contribute towards the Hounslow Young Voices, a project that aims to consult young people on what they need and want within the Borough.

The workshops will run between 2pm and 5pm at Griffin Park Learning Zone in Brentford on the following dates:

6th, 7th and 8th  August

13th, 14th and 15th August and

20th, 21st and 22nd August

Unfortunately due to high demand you will only be able to sign up for one week of workshops. No previous experience necessary. Contact the Together We Create Team at [sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk] for more details

More about…. Hounslow Youth Council

Hounslow Youth Council seeks to empower the borough’s young people with a strong voice in local decision-making. Whether it’s service provision, housing, environment, sports, development or anything else, young people need effective, meaningful and non-tokenistic methods to have their say.

 

TWC and the RTC: Lights, Camera, Kingsley!

 

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Together We Create is really chuffed to announce a new innovative project for London. Linking up with Brentford’s Apple Regional Training Centre, and Kingsley Academy, Together We Create and our friends at Griffin Park Learning Zone will be producing and delivering an animation festival for children at schools in central Hounslow.

The project will begin in a number of weeks, finalising with a celebrity screening at Kingsley Academy in October 2013. The Team at TWC are all very excited. More details to follow!

Hounslow50 in Feltham!

Today the Team where at Feltham Library for an great day of Hounslow50-ing . Massive thanks to our talented local artists including: Vanessa, Jasmin, Dylan, Jamie, Abdil, Emily, Joshua, Daniel, Danielle, Andy, Karuna and Saif.

Here are some of their  great designs. Come and join us at Feltham Library on Saturday 22nd June for another fab Hounslow50 day of fun!

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Hounslow50

This weekend Together We Create launches Hounslow50, an innovative community project for people who live and learn in the London Borough of Hounslow.

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During the next few months the team at TWC will be running a series of free creative workshops in various locations across Hounslow.

The workshops will  ask the participants to look back in time at Hounslow 50 years ago, think about Hounslow today and visualise what Hounslow will be like  in 50 years time. Everyone who takes part in the project will be asked to draw, design, animate or ‘film’ a postcard from the past, present and future!

The postcards will be posted on the TWC Website and we hope will form part of an exhibition in the near future.

This project has been made possible thanks to a grant from Thames Valley Housing Association.

 

If you would like to join us, why not come an visit the team at one of the four  FREE workshops taking place over the next few months

Sunday 12th May at the ISIS Event, Brentford Lock, Brentford

Saturday 8th June at  Feltham Library Community Space, Feltham

Saturday 22nd June, Feltham Library Community Space, Feltham

Sunday 7th July at Ivybridge Funday, Isleworth

No booking is necessary, just come and join us between 11am – 3pm (12- 4 pm on 12th May). If you have any additional questions why not email us at hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk

WOOF!

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Yesterday was the launch of Windows on Fulham, a fantastic digital art project for Fulham Palace, in West London.

Taking place over February half term, a team a brilliant young people from HAFAD (Hammersmith and Fulham Action on Disability), joined the TWC Team at Fulham Palace to learn more about one of London’s key historic buildings and create amazing collages for the railings that led to the Palace.

 

IMG_1991Once the collages were created, Thomas our ace photographer, digitised the work ready for printing by our friends in Octink, who have supported TWC for several years.

Daisy Trust and John Lyons kindly funded the project. We also received support from the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham and Fulham Palace Trust.

 

Here are a few snaps of the launch. A massive thanks to the Major of Hammermsmith and Fulham (Cllr Belinda Donovan), Pauline from the Palace and the team from HAFAD for help in unveiling the artwork!

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Here is a brief write-up of the project as reported in the Fulham Chronicle

Click here to read the article

The HOTS Report now launched

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The HOTS (Hold on to Sports) project, run by London charity Together We Create this week publishes a research paper which finds the impact on learning and interest in sports across the London Borough of Hounslow has exceeded all expectations. In addition, perhaps the most impressive outcomes were to do with motivation, self esteem and impact on team spirit in a completely inclusive environment, which built up over the three years. Some of the key findings are detailed below.

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With the London 2012 Olympic Games for inspiration, the HOTS project has brought inspiration to over 6,000 young people from across the London Borough of Hounslow by learning from peers and sports professionals across its three year programme. Creating an opportunity for young people to experiment and take risks, to try new ways to express oneself creatively regardless of age, physical and mental ability or experience, and resulting in tangible outcomes. One teacher comments, “Best motivational topic ever done… covering ICT, speaking and listening, presentation and co-operation far better than anything else…

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Since the project, two schools have now integrated the HOTs programme into their curriculum and the interest in sports, the shift in pedagogic thinking and use of ICT in the classroom is a lasting legacy of the project. As a teacher from Springwell Junior School explains, “This is without doubt a learning initiative that has had more impact on learning than any other I have ever taken part in… there was a real buzz in the classroom  with full on learning involving organisational skills, multi tasking and deadlines.”

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The outcomes:

  • There is good evidence of substantial value added gains in English and ICT
  • There is good evidence of a substantial shift in interest from a sport-based computer game to participation in real sports in schools and leisure centres.
  • There is good evidence that the young people have learned new skills – teamwork, leadership, responsibility and self-direction
  • Information Technology – there are demonstrable significant gains in ICT confidence and expertise, for example: podcasting, green screening, filming and editing, web page development, use of forums to share ideas; creative use of PowerPoint and use of Web 2.0 tools to upload creative work and to find and download free software to create the work.
  • Involvement in the HOTs resulted in a number of schools discovering new interest in sports,  and offered the opportunity to champion pupils already pursuing sports at a competitive level.
  • Enabling diversity – enabling for example, a school for severe, profound and multiple learning difficulties to take part and work alongside a gifted and talented group of individuals

As part of the project, Dr Jo Armitage carried out a research study interviewing all participants both teachers and youth works and also the young people participating on the programme. 

The positive outcomes will now act as a legacy in the schools and youth centres as the teachers and youth workers continue with the programme, impacting on their approaches to teaching and learning.

Download the HOTS Final Report 2012

For more information please contact Sarah Hoyle:  sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

London 2012 Almost Here!

IMG_2675With just days to go before the Olympics begin in London, we at TWC HQ would like to thank everyone who has made the HOTS such an amazing project so far.

From the teachers who spent hours creating posters, videos and all manner of brilliantly creative things with their children to the parents who have been actively involved in our community workshops.

Our star teachers include; Mary @ The Cedars. Niall, Toby and Nigel @ Chiswick School. Eliie, Rabia and Sinead @ Cranford Primary School. Margaret and Natai @ Heston School. Jenny and Steve @ Hounslow Manor School. Phillipa and Angela @ Isleworth and Syon School. Tanya @ Our Lady and St John’s RC School. Virginia @ Rivers Academy. Rebecca @ Southville Junior School. Becky, Kalmani and Russell @ Spring Grove. Karen and her amazing SEN Team @ St Marks School. Kanwaljit and Harrison @ Wellington Primary School and Carly @ Westbrook School.

We must also thank our judges, Mary Macloed MP, Cllr Lin Davies, Simon Rees from London 2012 and Natasha our fab TWC Judge. Not forgetting the 500 or so young people who have joined us this year.

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Final thanks must go to, Judith Pettersen, Jamie McArthur, Kate Lawton, Katherine Heely and Harmandeep Singh along with Cllr Ruth Cadbury, Cllr Lilly Bath,Cllr Theo Dennison, Cllr Sachin Gupta and the IBAC Councillors all of whom helped us fund the HOTS this year. Other HOTS legends include Kirsty from Octink, The Events Team at Lampton Conference Centre, Chris@ Griffin Park Learning Zone, Jenny @ Hounslow Youth Service, Pete @ Sports Impact, Jo @ Fushion, Suki @ Short Breaks, Amy and Melissa @Laing, Jini and the Hounslow Comms Team and of course the amazing TWC Collective.

Ahead of us is three weeks of brilliant TWC Summer holiday workshops and not forgetting the HOTS Paralympic Project in September. Make sure you keep in touch. Sarah

sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

Photo of the TWC at UKIE Next Generation Launch courtesy of Will Strange

Free Summer Holiday Workshops – Now Fully Booked

Library - 702Our free HOTS Summer Workshop Program is open to all children who live or learn in the London Borough of Hounslow

Our Digital Art Workshops

Using digital cameras and Adobe Photoshop we will help the young people who join us to create outstanding pieces of artwork for the Hounslow Community. The children will learn how to cut, crop, layer and add effects to their work. They will learn how to use digital cameras and how compose eye-catching pieces of digital artwork.

The best pieces of work will be printed on 1m x 1m metal panels that will be hung in various locations across the Borough. Examples of the work we helped the children produce in previous digital art projects can be found in Brentford outside Morrisons on Brentford High Street and on the Bolierhouse of the Ivybridge Estate in Isleworth.

Date Age Group
Monday 30th & Tuesday 31st July 7-11 Year olds
Wednesday 1st & Thursday August 7-11year olds
Tuesday 7th Wednesday 8th August 10-14 year olds

Our Smoothie Workshops

For two days we will be concocting the most amazing smoothies Hounslow has every produced! The children will work in teams to design and market their smoothies. They will think about the best fruit to use and what makes their smoothies extra special. Along with eating copious amount of fruit the young people will get the chance to play games, have a tour of Griffin Park Football Club (tbc) and a watch the Olympics live on a big screen.

Date Age Group
Thursday 9th & Friday 10th August 7-11 year olds

Our Animation Workshops

The stop frame animation is a great but simple way for young people to get involved in film making. The animations are collaborative and easy to create, and also a lot of fun! They can take anything from 20 minutes to 2 hours to create, depending on the commitment level of the young people. It also allows children to play with roles such as performer, director, and creator in a playful non-pressure setting.

During our two day workshop the team from Together We Create will be experimenting with lots of different types of animation, experimenting with sound, shapes and lighting.

At the end of the workshop we will invite all the participants to take their animations home and will upload the best animations onto  the TWC Youtube site.

Date Age Group
Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th August 10-14 year olds
Wednesday 15th & Thursday 16th August 7-11 year olds

All workshops take place at Griffin Park Learning Zone, Braemar Road, Brentford , TW8 0NT between 10am-2.30pm

Places are limited so early booking is recommended

To book a place please email Sarah Hoyle on sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk