This spring the Together We Create team have been working with young people from Watermill Lane in Enfield to co-produce one of the best projects we have run in years!
The Leadership Academy is a four part programme that encourages and nurtures young people to develop skills so they can improve their community.
We worked with the young people to decide on the focus for each session. From ‘confidence’ on a zip wire to ‘caring’ at the farm, these young residents created a program which best fitted their needs and creativity.
Ursula Bowerman who lead the project said “It was amazing to see these young people really coming out of their shells. Week on week we saw the young people develop and grow.”
This pilot phase of the Leadership Academy was funded by BBC Children in Need, supported by Origin Housing. We hope to deliver more sessions in late 2017
The team from TWC are chuffed to be working with a new community this Spring. Supported by the team from Thames Valley Housing with funding from Sutton CVS we will be creating mini films at the Hamptons a Neighbourhood in Worcester Park.
Across a number of weekend sessions we will be working with the young people who live on the estate and their families to create a series of films which depict the different stories, locations and people that make up this very vibrant neighbourhood. The young people will be shooting the films on iPads before editing them together at one of the two creative weekend we are holding in May.
The final films will be shown at the Hamptons Midsummer Festival on the 24th June
The Leadership Academy is a brand new project for Watermill Lane, a neighbourhood in Enfield we have been working with for over 18 months. The project has been designed to develop the confidence and self esteem of a group of young people who live on the estate.
Over four day-long sessions the young people will build on one of the four core skills that make up the program. These skills are Team Work, Kindness, Confidence and Leadership.
We launched the project on Saturday 18th January by interviewing all the young people hoping to be part of the first academy. Then asked questions such as “What do you think leadership is? one young person replied, “Standing up to bullies and supporting your friends”. It is clear we are working with a very talented group of young people! As we move through the program we will provide regular updates as to how the young people are getting on.
For this project we will be partnering up with North London providers including Go Ape, Kentish Town City Farm and Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation, to give the young people the chance to broaden their horizons and aspirations through the project. This project is funded by BBC Children in Need and supported by Origin Housing.
In 2017 the team from TWC will be back in Enfield delivering more great projects for the residents of Watermill Lane. Here is a flavour of what we have lined up.
Planet Play has landed! We are providing structured weekend and afternoon sessions for children aged 5-10 years old. Here are the first dates for your diary:
Saturday 28th January 1pm- 3pm: Biscuit Decorating Come and join the team for an afternoon of biscuits, icing & fun.
Saturday 11th February 1pm-3pm: ‘I love Watermills’ Craft session plus half term activity on Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th February
Saturday 4th March 1pm- 3pm: Spring is in the air. Join us for our spring Planet Play session. Will be loads of fun!
Also coming up…
The Leadership Academy’ an invite only program designed to create & inspire young leaders of the future,
launching February 18th
‘The Community Lunches’, more chances for residents to get together to share food and make friends…
These projects have been funded by Children in Need.
Get involved….Didn’t have the time last year to get involved? Don’t worry!
It has been incredible meeting so many Watermill residents over the past 12 months and we look forward to meeting even MORE in 2017! We want to hear your ideas and thoughts as to how together we can make Watermill Lane the best place to live in Enfield.
Come and say hello or email us with your ideas.
On Friday 2nd December we joined the team from Origin Housing to celebrate the Queensgate Art Project!
Queensgate is a new development in the centre of Watford. Earlier this year we were asked by Origin Housing to come up with ways we could encourage residents to think more responsibly about how they looked after their neighbourhood. Problems that were emerging including kids drawing on walls and families not using the waste & recycling bins properly. Our solution was to work with the young people who lived in the neighbourhood to create a series of amazing artworks.
Over a period of six weeks the children living in Queensgate worked with the team from TWC to create three large collages. Each collage was based around the themes of waste, recycling and neighbourliness. At the end of the project the artworks where hung on the walls within the Queensgate block.
The young people and their families really took to the project. Nine months after the project ended there were no new cases of marks on the walls or problems with the rubbish and recycling Jon Foster the Social Investment Manager for Origin said “The
project was a real success. It was great to see a project that was so simple yet worked so well.”
At the celebration event the team from Origin and Together We Create were joined by Cllr Karen Collett, Lead member for Communities on Watford Borough Council.
Come and join the team for an afternoon of craft making and fun. Activities include card making, biscuit decorating along with other fun games Saturday 10th December 1pm- 3pm
It really has been a phenomenal year for Together We Create and the residents of Watermill Lane. We have worked with over 50 young people and their families delivering nearly 200 hours of sessions for residents living on the in the neighbourhood.
Next year we are launching three new projects for Watermill Lane. These are:
‘Planet Play’ structured weekend and afternoon sessions for children aged 5-10 years old.
‘The Leadership Academy’ an invite only program designed to create young leaders of the future.
‘The Community Lunches’, more changes for residents to get together to share food and and make friends.
For more details email email@example.com
Our thanks to BBC Children in Need and the Team from Origin Housing for their support.
Join us for our yearly Halloween Festival at Watermill Lane this half term. Between the 24th- 26th October the TWC Team will be running action packed, fun filled workshops for young people living on the Watermill Lane Estate in Enfield. All the sessions are free, supported by funds from Origin Housing Association. If you are a local resident come an join us. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer the TWC Team have teamed up with Tottenham Hotspurs Football Club’s Community Development Team to run free multi-sports sessions for young people living in the Watermills Lane Neighbourhood in Enfield.
Omari Chambers-Alert the Community Development Coordinator for the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation said “Working with young people in the community is a core part of the work we do. We aim to help young people lead healthy and fulfilling lives. Multi-sports is an excellent way of doing this.”
Sarah Hoyle from Together We Create said. “The Team from Spurs have been fantastic.The young people really enjoy the multi sports sessions. The buzz around this project is great!”
Together We Create have been delivering sessions at the Watermill Lane for over a year in conjunction with Origin Housing Association . Jade Hughes from Origin said: “Our residents really love getting involved with different projects and events. We love working in partnership with local organisations”
The next multi-sports sessions at Watermill Lane take place on the 18th and 19th August between 11am – 2pm. The sessions are free to all children living locally and are open to both boys and girls aged 7-17.
During the first week in August the team from Together We Create will be back at Watermill Lane in Enfield digging deep for the Watermill Lane Gardening Project.
Across the three days of the project 3rd- 5th August the team will work with local young people to create an amazing garden for the local neighbourhood. Here is the plan :
Wednesday 3rd August 4pm- 6pm
•What plants can be found on the Watermills Lane Estate
•How would you describe them and can you draw them
•What plants would you like to see on the Watermill Lane Estate
Thursday 4th August 4pm- 6pm
Adding to the garden:
•Weeding the current garden
•Adding identification tags to the current plants in the garden
•Planting new flowers
Friday 5th August 4pm- 6pm
Celebrating the garden:
•Creating a sign for the garden and possibly bunting
•Adding home made windmills to the garden to make sure everyone knows that the garden has been created by local children
On Saturday 6th August we will also be running a community fun day for Watermill Lane. The young people will be decorating plant pots and filling them with flowers to give to the neighbours.
All workshops are free of charge and open to Origin Housing residents aged 7- 14 living in the Watermills Lane Neighbourhood.
In July 2016 Together We Create embark on a new partnership with Southern Housing at Jubilee Court in Bracknell, Berkshire. Working across the summer (July – September) the team will be collaborating with residents to run a series of community lead workshops. These workshops build towards the creation of art for the communal lounge at Jubilee Court.
The project has three phases:
1) Fun resident engagement; a chance for residents from across the neighbourhood to interact and get to know one another. This will also provide the opportunity for residents to share stories, photos, memories about Jubilee Court that can help inform the art work at the end of the project.
2) Art workshops for residents; creating an opportunity for residents to learn new skills and contribute towards the making of the artwork. Working alongside a professional artist.
3)Production of final art work to be hung in the communal lounge at Jubilee Court
Follow us on Twitter @TWC_Projects for regular updates on the project.