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?

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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. 

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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

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.

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! 

 

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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Framing the Past: October Half Term @ Gunnersbury Museum

Framing the Past; an innovative photography project for Gunnersbury Museum

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This half term, Gunnersbury Park Museum played host to a brilliant Together We Create photography project, inviting 12 young people to spend two days documenting the building before it closes for restoration.

Working with Gunnersbury’s education team, Together We Create showed budding local photographers how to use iPads, practicing different camera techniques and reviewing images for display when the museum reopens.

Lisa D’Agostino, Education & Lifelong Learning Officer from Gunnersbury Park Museum, said: “We were really blown away by how good the photos were and we loved how they were displayed so imaginatively. I think the young people definitely caught the spirit of Gunnersbury!”

Together We Create founder Sarah Hoyle said: “This was a unique chance to mark the end of one era and the beginning of another at Gunnersbury Park Museum. What better way to show this than through the eyes of local young people, who are now more connected to the museum and more skilled to pursue their own photography projects? Thanks to everyone who took part – your enthusiasm and talent was inspirational.”

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Gunnersbury Park Museum is the local history museum for the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow. The museum’s role is to collect, keep safe and display the past and present history of its two boroughs.

Gunnersbury Park & Museum has been successful in securing Heritage and Parks for People Lottery funding to redevelop areas of the site. Although the museum will be closed for refurbishment from January 2015, there will still be a range of activities for all ages on offer.

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Join us and friends on our Autumn River Walk!

Join us on Sunday 9th November at 2pm to celebrate our 5th birthday with a fun sponsored Autumn River Walk.

Your support for this event has already been fantastic! Lots of friends and family are coming to join us, why not join us too?

Thanks also to those who have also supported us with some fantastic contributions on our Just Giving page. We can’t do this with out you!

Join us as we celebrate our achievements in helping young people develop new skills and build confidence through our award-winning creative projects. We are proud of what we, and every participant, has achieved, and we thought a wonderful walk showcasing some of the areas where our projects have been run would be a great way to not only celebrate our birthday, but also help to raise much needed money to carry on supporting our local young people.

We would love your support!

We operate with a tight ship of volunteers and freelancers with no salaries, no offices and no waste. Our charity desperately needs your support to help us continue to deliver our projects and help make a real difference to the lives of young people.

If you are not able to join us on the walk then please visit our online charity giving page which will enable you to make a contribution. Your kind contribution will enable us to continue running projects such as the much loved ‘Bee-See’ and ‘Lights, Camera, Kingsley’ programmes and help more local young people.

Click here for a link through to our fundraising page 

Join us: The walk will start at 2pm on Sunday 9th November at the Café Rouge on 85 Strand-on-the-Green new Kew Bridge. The walk is about 1.5 hours, and will end at the Coach and Horses pub on Kew Green for a celebratory drink!

Why note come and join us for some great family fun along the River Thames!

Talk to us: Contact pinny_seaman@yahoo.co.uk for any further details.

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!!

 

Love Parks? Spend a few hours volunteering at Inwood Park’s film screening

On Saturday 2nd August the ‘Friends of Inwood Park’ group in partnership with ‘Together We Create’ and ‘Pro Polonia’ (a Polish Parents community group) will run the ‘Our Park Presents’ Hounslow’s Community Outreach Film Project 2014. The event is supported by the Carillion events team and sponsored by the Council and Film London.

The event starts at 5pm and the programme for the afternoon/evening has a lot on offer: a “Canvas Youth Centre” – a Youth Service/Together We Create marquee/tent featuring: screening of Inwood Park young people’s film; Information about the Youth Service, what’s going on this summer and support for young people; Opportunities for young people to learn about the Youth Centre, Youth Council; Libraries Tent: story time in English and Polish language, mask making, arts and crafts, face
painting, games; Crafts for under 5s (lead by Pro Polonia and the Library services); Sports Zone with support from London Eagles; Edible Maze and community artist activities with Sophie Rigg; Local social enterprise, The Bridge, will sell food in the Park Café; guest performers

From 8:30pm animation films created by Kingsley Academy with Together We Create will be screened before the main film. At 9pm a free screening of the film Up is presented.

There are a few ways you can be involved – you can run an interactive, fun stall or marquee and promote your organisation and service while connecting with hundreds of locals. Or your staff or service users might like to be volunteers on the day – lots of opportunities to make your skills and interest and flexible in time too.

If you’d like to help make this a memorable event and pave the way for more free screenings and connected community events in Hounslow’s Parks then please contact any of the following community.development@hounslow.gov.uk or Aga from Pro Polonia at Aga2b@yahoo.co.uk or Sarah Hoyle at sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk