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! 

 

Opp Opp Away!

The team at Together We Create were delighted to help Hounslow host their first ever ‘Our Park Presents’ outdoor film screening and event in Inwood Park on 02 August 2014!

Working in partnership with The Friends of Inwood Park and the Saturday School of Polish Language Pro Polonia, we hosted a community film event which brought together over 1,000 local people, who attended to enjoy a free open-air screening of the Disney film ‘Up’, amid a carnival atmosphere.

Click here to watch the film we made about the event 

Prior to the screening, we joined a number of local businesses and community organisations to host a parade which saw youngsters joined by giant exotic birds like the one featured in the film, and share their thoughts and feelings of the event on a huge graffiti wall.

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We also presented the first public screenings of the short animated films that were created by young people from across the borough in the Light, Camera, Inwood sessions we held at Hounslow library. And for young budding film makers keen to have a go while at the event, we had camera equipment on hand to teach them how to make their own animated film.

The event aimed to bring together local communities and stretch individual aspirations using the medium of film, whilst increasing engagement and investment in the film and cinema sector.

Talking of the event, Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and British Film Commission, said: “Through Film Hub London, we are delighted to be working with a range of Hub Members to deliver imaginative and engaging screening activity for their local communities. Our Park Presents has great potential, and I look forward to seeing the project develop into something which promises to be very special for residents of Hounslow”.

Sarah Hoyle of TWC adds “Everyone’s hard work, innovation and commitment has made this project possible and as a result we delivered a fantastic community event. This helped us to develop great connections with local groups, businesses and individuals across Hounslow, fulfilling a very real purpose in Hounslow.”

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The event was showcased during Love Parks Week (25 July to 3 August), a national campaign which supports the need for quality green spaces and healthy, happy communities.

Our Park Presents is commissioned and supported by Carillion Integrated Services and Hounslow Council. The project was awarded funding from Film London’s Film Hub London, through the Community Screen Scheme which supports community programming initiatives which aim to reach new and underserved audiences in their local area. The Hub is proud partner of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Thanks to everyone who took part, we can’t wait for 2015!!

 

Honeywell Celebrates!

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We are really excited about a new project we have developed for the Honeywell Community Centre in West Drayton, in collaboration with our partners at A2 Dominion Housing Association.

Over February half-term, we will be giving the chance for up to 20 local young people to create a film celebrating the creativity found in their patch of the London Borough of Hillingdon. Working in small groups, the young people (aged 8-14) will get the chance to learn lots of new creative skills to do with film creation and production.

Through the week, our team of experts will be on-site to teach the students the core fundamentals involved in creating great films. Team lead, Sarah, will be demonstrating the latest techniques and tricks with camera angles, and exploring the art of great storyboarding, presenting and editing.

While professional DJ Tom will be taking time out from the recording studio to coach the students in audio sampling, layering, audio recording and mixing so that they will be able to create their very own sound tracks.

Rowan, our tech support and budding film maker, will be heading up the creative part of the programme, and will work with the students to deliver art projects that showcase their creative inspiration.

It promises to be a great week!

By the end of the week we will have an amazing film; produced, directed, acted and filmed by the students. We promise to share it here first!

New Film Project Launched in NW2

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The team at TWC are on the creativity trail again! This time we have taken our adventures to North London, to Cricklewood.

Working in conjunction with Hampstead School, we are delighted to launch a brand new school film project. Our fab filmmakers Barry and Rowan will be mentoring a group of Year 9s to produce a film about Cricklewood for local people and local businesses.

The first group session took place on Tuesday 08 October, with another 12 sessions scheduled up until March 2014. At the end of the programme, the final film will be shown at a film premiere!  Barry (the lead freelancer for the project) said ‘We met the group earlier on this week. They were full of ideas and enthusiasm. I think this film is going to be great!’

We will post the details of the film premiere event in early 2014, so keep an eye out for it on this website! All local residents will be invited. We would like to thank Glen at Hampstead School for his fantastic organisation skills and Ken and his team at Barnet Council who have helped make this fantastic project happen.

Good luck to our budding filmmakers, we can’t wait to see the final film!

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.

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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!