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.

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

 

 

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!

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
site
. 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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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

 

Introducing GRO

This May Half Term TWC in collaboration with A2 Dominion delivered the pilot phase of GRO a new innovative project for young people who live in the North Brentford Quarter in the London Borough of Hounslow.

Officially called  Go-Reach-Out or GRO for short, the idea was simple; create a local enterprise project spearheaded by young people, where they learn about a product, create and sell the product which will provide benefit for their local community and themselves.

For the pilot we decided to focus on the local environment. As summer was almost here we thought we would get the young people out into the garden to discover their local habitats.

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Day one involved a trio to Kew Gardens where the young people saw many different plants in a variety of environments

Day two was a trio to B&Q Chiswick where Shauna and the Team went out of their way to help the young people select plants which would be good to sell

Day three the team were at Clayponds Community Centre where they painted flower pots and created posters to advertise the sale

Day four was the big sale. With thanks to Sainsburys and Barratts who gave us permission to run the sale, the event was a great success. All in all the young people made an impressive £86.50

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Leonie (one of the young people) said: “I like this project. I liked buying the plants and making money. The money bit was the best.”

Harrison (one of the tutors ) added:” This project allowed them freedom to make their own decisions about what they were going to buy and sell. The kids got a real understanding of how much things cost and what would sell. Needless to say there was a lot of haggling going on!”

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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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