A decade of thanks!

To all supporters and friends of Together We Create, after a decade of serving young people and their communities across London, the Trustees and I have decided it is time to say goodbye. 

From Sutton to Tottenham, Bracknell to Enfield, Together We Create has spread happiness and joy to people across this great city.

Our work goes on in other ways. Our Trustees are teachers, project managers, charity managers  accountants and community leaders. Our work and ethos will continue.

Thanks again for all your support, kindness and great ideas.

We’ll see you again, Sarah

Nb You can still email me: [email protected]


Jubilee Court : A Summary

Jubilee Court 2015 – 2018 – working toward a brighter future for all


One of our primary goals at TWC is to help improve neighbourhoods and enhance the lives of people who there. One of these such neighborhoods is Jubilee Court, Bracknell, which forms the backdrop for one of TWC’s longest running and most diverse programmes to date.


Since its launch in 2015, we have helped to deliver a wide range of events and activities to the residents of Jubliee Court. With continued investment and support from the team at Southern Housing Group, we have been able to expand our work helping people to interact, support one another and improve their living community.


Operating in an ongoing challenging economic climate and with changes to the welfare benefits system, it seems that our role in supporting the local community has become more important than ever before. We are truly inspired by the residents, and their passion to support and improve their local community. So we are delighted to feature just a few of our local residents and their thoughts on what the TWC programme has meant to them.


Kay became a resident of Jubliee Court in November 2016. As a new resident on the estate, Kay initially found it challenging to meet people and suffered with some loneliness as a result. With support from TWC, Kay started the ‘Sunshine Gardening Club’, which has created new friendships and a legacy for future residents to enjoy.


Both Kay and fellow keen gardener, Jean, credit the Club for helping them to both meet new people, and also help make the estate an even better environment to live in.


For both, the experience of being involved with TWC has been a positive one, as Kay explains; “the casual events organized by TWC made it much easier to interact with others and the fact I only had to walk down the stairs and could easily go back to my flat made it a lot less anxiety provoking.” While Jean adds that if she didn’t feel up to attending events herself, it was great to know that others were enjoying the events.


Meanwhile, fellow neighboursFaith and Chalky, have particularly enjoyed the shared meals events, and making new friends through this new shared experience. Chalky in particular enjoyed hosting a meal for a group and plans to do it again soon.


Chalky also liked the idea of improving the aesthetics of the communal spaces and is considering contributing pieces of his own artwork to the estate. Resident artist, Elvis also appreciated the creative events held by TWC, which ranged from not just the garden club but coffee mornings, quizzes and games nights.


For all residents we spoke to, the diverse and casual nature of the activities and events programme that TWC ran was a real benefit, as it enabled them to socialise with other residents on their own terms. It has clearly has had a long lasting impact, with each of participants passionate in their encouragement for other communities to come together – even just over a cup coffee, it really does make all the difference. As Jean sums up, “always try and make an effort, however small.  Even smiling at people can change their day.”





Moray Drive in full summer bloom

The TWC crew have been working with the wonderful people at Thames Valley Housing to start a community allotment project in sunny Slough.

The site will be launched this summer and over the last few weeks TWC have been working with the residents at Moray Drive to start wiggling green thumbs.IMG_5887

We kicked things off on Saturday 21st April by giving everyone a taste of allotment life. Moray Drive rolled up their sleeves and got straight to work potting some house plants, which are now growing away nicely on everyone’s windowsills. The response has been amazing! 

Gardening starter kits

IMG_5883On our latest visit last Saturday (2nd June) the TWC team delivered gardening starter kits to households at Moray Drive.

Th DIY kits came delivered in plant pots, complete with soil and
seeds, and were perfect for delivering in person or as a nice wee package to come home to on your doorstep.

The kits were well received all round and a perfect way to try your hand at gardening at home. We also had some residents keen to post extra seeds to their neighbours – a great way to spread the allotment love at Moray Drive.

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We’ll be back at Moray Drive in a couple of weeks’ time to check on the plants and get
cracking with some gardening on the site – fingers crossed for more sun!

Summer holidaying at Watermill Lane

During the summer break the team from Together We Create ran 11 sessions for young people living on the Watermill Lane Estate in Enfield.

Delivered in partnership with Origin Housing, and backed by the BBC’s Children in Need charity, we ran Watermill Summer Photo Threea diverse and exciting programme of events designed to stretch individual and collective creativity, build confidence and improve fitness during the long summer holiday. In total twenty-five children ranging from 12months -10 years old took part in the programme!

We built an events programme that was designed to be as inclusive as possible, sessions included;

 Planet Play

The TWC team lead four arts and crafts session groups, which were predominantly aimed at young people aged between 5 and 12 years old. Designed and delivered in a classroom style, our enthusiastic TWC team encouraged each participant to embrace their creative side and create works of art with the tools that were available to them.


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Getting into sport

The TWC team, also facilitated six separate sports training classes. Delivered by the team at Foundation sports, these sessions were designed for young people aged 7-14. Activities included football, basketball, tennis and team games. These sessions where lead by Marcus (on the TWC team?) who was a fantastic asset, not only showing great technical skills but also a wonderful manner that made him a real hit with the young people.


As a bonus event, and to celebrate international Youth Day, we also took a group of young people to the Origin Headquarters in Eversholt Street. This gave the young people a unique opportunity to see at first hand the great work that Origin does, learn more about their work in the community and meet the people behind the programme. The day was praised highly by the participants who were inspired by what they saw and would like to do another trip like this again.


This worthwhile programme has been well received by participants, parents and funders alike. The diversity of the events, and the nature of the events gave young people the chance to meet new people and make new friends, learn new skills and inspire creative thinking. We have had some excellent feedback from the programme, including; “Liked football and tennis and really like Marcus, wish he came every summer.” “More sports at watermills, more tennis, more football and more dodgeball.” It’s great you guys have come because we would just be playing in our garden.”Watermill Summer Photo Four

Well done to the TWC team for delivering a great series of events, and thanks again to Origin and Children in Need who are great partners.

For more information contact Sarah Hoyle: [email protected]


Lots happening this Autumn

There are lots of exciting new projects in the pipeline this Autumn.

We are continuing our work with older people at Jubilee Court in Bracknell thanks to an additional grant from Southern Housing Group. A season of amazing community meals await!

We have been awarded a grant from BBC Children in Need to develop our work at Watermill Lane with Origin Housing. The Leadership Academy is really great project, so we are pleased to see this  grow over the next two years.

More updates coming soon….

Watermills Leadership Academy

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.

IMG_7028Ursula 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

Lights, Camera, Hamptons!

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 On site at the Hamptons

Launching the Leadership Academy 

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.

What is happening at Watermills

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!


Watermills Weekly Spring 2017Also 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.

[email protected]


Queensgate gets Arty!

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 IMG_4495responsibly 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.IMG_4511

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.

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