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;

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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: sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

 

Thank you The Hamptons!

This summer the team from Together We Create have been working with residents from The Hamptons in Worcester Park. With funding from Sutton CVS and the support from Thames Valley Housing, we have collaborated with local young people to record their Hampton Stories.

The film which was created over several months was shot and edited by the young people living on The Hamptons estate. The project culminated with a screening of the film at The Hamptons Community Fun Day in late June.

The local residents loved the film ! Emma said “They liked the quality of the finished version, they were pleased with the editing and thought it looked professional.”

Lourdes noted “There was a professional quality of the final edit. Was also pleased with it being shown at the community’s fair, gave people an opportunity to see it.”

And finally Alex, whose son was involved in the project said “My son liked working with the ipad. Also liked filming part of the Hamptons and given the opportunity to be creative.”

We’d like to thank the generosity of the whole community. Click here to see the film

 

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

What’s up next for Watermill Lane

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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 hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk

Our thanks to BBC Children in Need and the Team from Origin Housing for their support.

Snap Happy in Somers Town!

CTY8Fl2WoAA9-IICTY8FJvW4AAi8OHThis Autumn, Together We Create teamed up with Origin Housing and Holborn Community Association (HCA) to deliver a six week photography masterclass for young people living in Somers Town, just behind St Pancras Station in Central London.

Across the six week project, young people from the area learnt everything from basic photographic techniques through to advanced digital editing using Adobe photoshop. By the end of the project the children produced over 20 stunning photos which they displayed at a special arts preview at the end of project in November.


CTY8Fi5XIAAi0eFThe sessions were lead by Lesley from HCA. With years of experience in working with young people. Lesley was really thrilled at the chance to work with young people from Somers Town. ‘These children show such talent and creativity’, she remarked.

Our very own Ursula, one of the Together We Create freelancers, supported Lesley in the workshop sessions. Ursula said,’”This has been a really fab project. The kids are great. The location (where the project was run- Basil Jelico Hall) was great. Working alongside another experienced workshop leader was great. Sign me up for the next course!”

The project was funded by BBC Children in Need with support from Origin Housing.

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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?

CA4x7dVWUAIgFex.jpg-largeDo you like being sharing ideas, telling stories and being creative? Do you want to learn new skills and pass them onto others? If you live in the Kew Riverside Neighbourhood it’s time you become Kew’d Up!

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. 

CA4n7CdWsAEJz9x.jpg-largeIf you’d like to know more email hello[at]togetherwecreate.org.uk

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

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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Windows On… Brentford is Back!

Windows on Brentford Part 2 Photo 2We were really excited to launch the installation of the second part of the Windows On… Brentford project last week.

Now Brentford has two amazing rows of digital artwork installed on the building opposite Morrisons. If you haven’t been to Brentford to see the artwork, you really should because it’s fab!

Here are a couple of snaps, along with a quick low down on the project. Fingers and toes crossed for part three…

Making Brentford even more brilliant!

In the summer  of 2009 the Windows On… Brentford project was launched. Now over 4 years later the project is back!
The Windows On… Brentford project was an idea developed by Sarah Hoyle, the founder of TWC. Back in 2009, Sarah was working and living in Brentford and on her daily walk to work she started thinking about how she could creatively contribute towards the community she lived in.
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She says “I used to walk past this old unloved building on the High Street opposite Morrison’s every day. One day I wondered what whether we could get kids to create artwork which we could then put in the windows of the building. That’s how the Windows On… project was born.” Now nearly 4 years later the project is back.
The first phase of the project saw the creation of eleven pieces of artwork, created by children from a variety of schools in the Brentford area. The artwork was printed and positioned in the bottom row of windows in the building opposite Morrison’s on the High Street.
The second phase sees the artwork placed in the second floor windows of the three story building. The themes of the second phase are Olympics and Play, celebrating the fantastic year of sports and activity in 2012.
Owners of the building Ballymore, have been really supportive of the project. Graham Haydon-White remarked : “We are really keen to support the Windows On… Brentford project. It is great to see young people creating artwork for their local community.”
Sarah adds; “I cannot thank local people such as Debbie Squires and Janet Mc Namara along with printing company Octink, Ballymore, Griffin Park Learning Zone and our young artists for helping us create the Windows On… Brentford artwork. Everyone was really supportive and the project is now well loved by people who live and visit Brentford.”

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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