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

One Packed Summer Schedule

With the summer holidays fast approaching, the team at TWC are close to firming up our schedule for summer 2015.

A few highlights on the cards include:

And if you think that is busy we are very chuffed to annouce a brand new project for Slough funded by BAA Heathrow. This summer the sky really is the limit for the Team at TWC!

Vote Together We Create!

If you thought that the General Election was the most important vote this week, think again! 

Together We Create in partnership with our friends at Origin Housing have got through to the final round of the AVIVA Community Fund selection with our fab project for Somers Town. Aviva-1Aviva

We have put together a plan to help local young people to collect as many stories as possible from their community within in the Somers Town Estate, near St Pancras in Central London.

We will teach the young people how to use lots of great bits of technology, so they are empowered to go out and capture lots of great memories. We will then help the young people create animations inspired by the stores they have collected. These will then be presented back to the rest of the community.

 To make this project happen we need you! Or more importantly your votes. Please follow this link to the AVIVA site to vote for our project. You can up to 10 times. Democracy in action!

https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/Project/View/690

Are you Kew’d Up?

CA4x7dVWUAIgFex.jpg-largeDo you like being sharing ideas, telling stories and being creative? Do you want to learn new skills and pass them onto others? If you live in the Kew Riverside Neighbourhood it’s time you become Kew’d Up!

In March 2015, the Team from TWC working with Thames Valley Housing Association will start an ambitious and exciting project in the Kew Riverside Neighbourhood.

 

We will be working on the estate every Tuesday from March all the way through to September, running 2 hour sessions covering everything from photography to stop-frame animation. Everyone is invited although our primary focus is young people and their families. In addition to our weekly slots we will also be running community days which will be devised and managed by the young people we will be working with. 

The core idea behind this project is to bring young people from across the neighbourhood together and to give them a voice and a way to help others. 

CA4n7CdWsAEJz9x.jpg-largeIf you’d like to know more email hello[at]togetherwecreate.org.uk

TWC has been working with Thames Valley Housing Association for over three years, devising and delivering lots of innovate projects for their residents. For more information about this project and our other projects check out theTWC twitter account @TWC_Projects

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.