TWC on the Map

Image 04-03-2015 at 21.44The Team at TWC have been plotting again… plotting on a map!

We thought it was about time we created a visual to show the location of as many of the amazing TWC projects as possible. So armed with a big cup of tea, and a few hours to spare, we got plotting.

Click here for the link to the TWC googlemaps page. We will keep updating this with more information about our projects as and when we can.

All very exciting!

New Project: Sidney Estate Stories Launch April 2015

This April, TWC starts an exciting new partnership project with Origin Housing. Working with the local community in Somers Town, TWC will be curating the first ever Sidney Estate Stories Project. 

The Sidney Estate in Somers Town is about to undergo a multi-year regeneration project, with a raft of both physical improvements and community work taking place.

Having fully opened in the early 1930’s as the jewel in the crown of the then St Pancras Housing Improvement Society, the Sidney has a rich social history – with some residents having lived there for both their life, and the life of the estate.

Using iPads and other digital equipment the team from TWC will work with the local residents from the Sidney Estate to capture the stories that have made the neighbourhood such a special place.

As the team from Origin Housing Association added  “Origin is keen to use the opportunity provided by the regeneration to give residents a chance to tell their stories, the stories of the community, and of the buildings themselves. Not only will this project celebrate the incredible social history of the Sidney, it will also help create a shared understanding of life on the estate – bridging gaps between young and old.”

The project start in April 2015. More details to follow.

2014: TWC at its best!

2014 has been another record breaking year for TWC. In the last twelve months we have engaged over 750 young people across an astonishing eight projects run in locations from Cricklewood to Slough. 

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Here are a few highlights:

In January we teamed up with our friends at Hampstead School for the second part of ‘Vision on Cricklewood’. In this project students in Year 8 and 9 interviewed local residents and businesses to find out what they loved and would like to change about Cricklewood.

The extensive footage captured by students was squeezed into a six minute film. Watch it on our Vimeo
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. Other highlights we posted on Vimeo this year included: 

  • footage from ‘Lights, Camera, Kingsley’, our animation project for Hounslow
  • ‘Our Park Presents’, a groundbreaking outdoor film festival we supported at Inwood Park, and
  • ‘We Love Brentford’, a film created by young people during the summer holidays.

 

Footage soon to be added to Vimeo includes snippets from:

  • ‘Acton Animates’, an ambitious animation, literacy and art project we ran with Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls (with thanks to a generous grant from Awards for All), and
  • ‘Framing the Past’ a two day photography project we ran with the team at Gunnersbury Museum in the Autumn Term.

 

If film making was one big theme for us this year,  another was bees and lions. In March 2014 we received a grant from BAA Heathrow to develop A-Bee-See, an environmental awareness project for primary school children in West London. Working with our friends at Griffin Park Learning Zone, children took part in two hour workshops where they learnt about bees then made bees of their own from recycled materials. Needless to say the buzz in the room was electric!

 

Our bee theme continued with GRO, an environmental awareness project we ran during the Easter holidays with young people in Brentford. This project was funded by A2 Dominion, who also funded a mammoth four week summer holiday program we ran this year. Massive thanks to Esson and Team for their support.

 

In September we created a huge roar with the Lions Den project. Run across two hubs, one in Slough and one Richmond, we worked with over eight different community partners to challenge over 150 young people to think creatively about how they would change their local area. Some of the ideas were amazing –  ranging from creating a youth club for young people with special needs through to a recycling campaign for community spaces. In early next year we will hear back from our funders Thames Valley Housing, who have the unenviable task of deciding who will be crowned the Community Lion 2014.

 

This year we put on our walking boots for the first TWC River Walk. Supported by friends and family from across London and the globe, we raised an impressive £1,506.25 in just one afternoon. These donations will go towards a special community project we aim to run in 2015. More details to follow….

 

Finally a huge thank you to all our young people, parents, teachers, youth workers, funders and community coordinators who we have worked with this year. Watch this space for more amazing projects in 2015! 

 

Hear us Roar! Lions Den 2014

In the autumn of 2014 the team from Together We Create  worked on their most ambitious and adventurous project to date. Teaming up with the funders Thames Valley Housing Association, an elite squad of TWC freelancers embarked on a project to innovate and excite the best entrepreneurial minds in Slough and Richmond – Welcome to Lions Den 2014!  

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Over the ten week period the team worked with over 180 young people from across Berkshire and Surrey to run Lions Den Masterclass with young people aged 13- 19. The workshops started by asking the question ‘What do you love, hate and would like to change about where you live?’. This provided a really great springboard for exploring ideas that would benefit the local community.

Ursula the TWC lead freelancer commented “The young people we have worked with have been amazing! Their ideas and energy has completely bowled us over. We finish the project with six fully formed project ideas created by the young people which would do any community proud.”

The ideas, now all recorded will be shown to top executives from Thames Valley Housing Association. The best idea will be awarded £200 to kick start the project and to make these ideas happen. This project would not have been possible with the support from the team at YES Slough along with Richmond Youth Service 

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Thanks to those that supported our Autumn River Walk!

A fantastic crowd of friends, family and colleagues joined us Sunday 9th November to celebrate our 5th birthday for a fun sponsored Autumn River Walk.

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The event was designed to help recognise and celebrate our achievements in helping young people develop new skills and build confidence through our award-winning creative projects.

The day was great fun – the rain cheerfully stayed away and through your generous contributions we raised over £1,500 for the charity, whilst enjoying a fun day out along the Thames.

Thank you so much for all of your help and support. But our hard efforts don’t stop here; we know that people are still generously making contributions to provide our projects with much needed tools and equipment. If you would like to continue giving, the please contact us directly.

 

Many thanks again!

Framing the Past: October Half Term @ Gunnersbury Museum

Framing the Past; an innovative photography project for Gunnersbury Museum

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This half term, Gunnersbury Park Museum played host to a brilliant Together We Create photography project, inviting 12 young people to spend two days documenting the building before it closes for restoration.

Working with Gunnersbury’s education team, Together We Create showed budding local photographers how to use iPads, practicing different camera techniques and reviewing images for display when the museum reopens.

Lisa D’Agostino, Education & Lifelong Learning Officer from Gunnersbury Park Museum, said: “We were really blown away by how good the photos were and we loved how they were displayed so imaginatively. I think the young people definitely caught the spirit of Gunnersbury!”

Together We Create founder Sarah Hoyle said: “This was a unique chance to mark the end of one era and the beginning of another at Gunnersbury Park Museum. What better way to show this than through the eyes of local young people, who are now more connected to the museum and more skilled to pursue their own photography projects? Thanks to everyone who took part – your enthusiasm and talent was inspirational.”

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Gunnersbury Park Museum is the local history museum for the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow. The museum’s role is to collect, keep safe and display the past and present history of its two boroughs.

Gunnersbury Park & Museum has been successful in securing Heritage and Parks for People Lottery funding to redevelop areas of the site. Although the museum will be closed for refurbishment from January 2015, there will still be a range of activities for all ages on offer.

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Join us and friends on our Autumn River Walk!

Join us on Sunday 9th November at 2pm to celebrate our 5th birthday with a fun sponsored Autumn River Walk.

Your support for this event has already been fantastic! Lots of friends and family are coming to join us, why not join us too?

Thanks also to those who have also supported us with some fantastic contributions on our Just Giving page. We can’t do this with out you!

Join us as we celebrate our achievements in helping young people develop new skills and build confidence through our award-winning creative projects. We are proud of what we, and every participant, has achieved, and we thought a wonderful walk showcasing some of the areas where our projects have been run would be a great way to not only celebrate our birthday, but also help to raise much needed money to carry on supporting our local young people.

We would love your support!

We operate with a tight ship of volunteers and freelancers with no salaries, no offices and no waste. Our charity desperately needs your support to help us continue to deliver our projects and help make a real difference to the lives of young people.

If you are not able to join us on the walk then please visit our online charity giving page which will enable you to make a contribution. Your kind contribution will enable us to continue running projects such as the much loved ‘Bee-See’ and ‘Lights, Camera, Kingsley’ programmes and help more local young people.

Click here for a link through to our fundraising page 

Join us: The walk will start at 2pm on Sunday 9th November at the Café Rouge on 85 Strand-on-the-Green new Kew Bridge. The walk is about 1.5 hours, and will end at the Coach and Horses pub on Kew Green for a celebratory drink!

Why note come and join us for some great family fun along the River Thames!

Talk to us: Contact pinny_seaman@yahoo.co.uk for any further details.

Living in Richmond want to get involved in our new free project…

Thames Valley Housing have partnered with 6AQ, The Vineyard Community Centre, Richmond Housing Partnership and Together We Create to run a number of FREE Youth Projects in Richmond for 13 to 19 year olds.

Lions Den & The Richmond Project:

Dates:  Starting Friday 17th – Ending 19th Decemberimage006

Times: Fridays 7-8.30

Venue: The Vineyard Community Centre, The Vineyard, Richmond, TW10 6AQ

Lions Den: A business themed project similar ‘The Dragons Den’. Young people will work together to create a business idea and present it to a panel of Lions for start-up funding of £200.

The Richmond Project: A film project looking at all the good and bad things about the area; describing where and how improvements could be made. Young people will create their own documentary, learn basic camera techniques, work with iPads, interview local people, create a sound track and learnt to edit.

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Book NOWhttps://tvha.wufoo.com/forms/lions-den-the-richmond-project/ Booking necessary

Or for more information call, text or email Tessa: 07775 580864 tessa_bird@tvha.co.uk

 

Five years – 15 projects – 7,500 young people – one walk!

It’s Together We Create’s fifth birthday and we want you to celebrate with us on our fabulous three mile sponsored Thames autumn stroll on Sunday 9th November 

For added awesomeness, invite your friends and family and you will all get a free Together We Create River Walk balloon in the pub afterwards. Don’t say we don’t spoil you!

Our charity is run by volunteers and freelancers with no salaries, no offices and no waste. Since we started in 2009, our award-winning creative projects have enabled 7,500 young Londoners to develop their skills and build strong, sustainable communities. Which we’re pretty proud of, actually *buffs nails*

Meet 2pm on Sunday 9th November at Café Rouge at 85 Strand-On-The-Green, London W4 3PU to get your map. We’ll finish in the Coach and Horses pub on Kew Green for post-walk high fives. Talk to the team and some of the young people we work with, or just get on with your Sunday – but not before you get your free Together We Create River Walk balloon. It is a birthday party, after all!

Sign up now for our fun day out.

  •  £5 could pay for a USB memory stick

    ·         £10 could pay for an iPad cover

    ·         £15 could pay for printing a piece of artwork for the community

    ·         £20 could pay for animation software for a class of students

    ·         £35 could pay for a multi-functioning tripod

    ·         £56 could pay for a criminal records bureau (CRB) check for a TWC freelancer

The TWC Film Gallery

Over the past four years the team at Together We Create have been documenting our projects with short films, often made entirely by the young people we work with. We even have our own Vimeo Page which contains 30 films created by the team over the last few years.

So sit back, break open the popcorn and enjoy!

Here are a few of our favourites:

I love Brentford  

Happiness at Berrymede Primary School 

Lights Camera Kingsley 2014

Vision on Cricklewood

Honeywell Celebrates