Digging Deep in N17

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 :

IMG_5405Wednesday 3rd August 4pm- 6pm 

Identifying plants:

•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

 

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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

 

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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.

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! 

 

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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A Buzz is in the air in West London

In January, Together We Create was awarded £8,260 from BAA Heathrow Communities Trust to develop and deliver a series of fun and engaging projects which celebrates the humble bumble bee.

IMG_6697Working in collaboration with Griffin Park Learning Zone and the Friends of the River Crane (FORCE) and Twickenham Beekepers , the team at TWC have devised and delivered a program of innovative Bee information sessions for primary schools across West London. Starting with bee facts (and awful jokes) and ending with the creation of some amazing bees made from recycled materials, these workshops have created a real local buzz!

 

 

IMG_6704The main aim of the workshops is to make the children aware of the plight of bees and give them ideas as to how they could help the bees to survive and prosper. Making the bee models out of recycled materials is the fun bit, as it allows the children to experiment and test out their creative ideas.

 

 

IMG_6745Project Manager Sarah Hoyle said “This is a great collaborative project. We have brought together partners from across Hounslow, Ealing and Richmond who care about the local environment in West London. Focusing on Bees is really accessible and the kids just love these workshops!”

 

 

BAA logoSince the project began over 50 bees have been made from recycled materials. To celebrate theses amazing creation, we are planning on holding an photography exhibition of the bees at the new Griffin Park Stadium home of Brentford FC (The Bees). Every child who has taken part in the project will also receive a bee poster which brings together the best jokes, facts and photos taken throughout the project.

 

Sofia Science Takes Off !

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Together We Create has a new recruit in the form of Sofia our fantastic physics expert. Sofia is in her gap year and to develop her skills and confidence she is helping younger children learn lots of brilliant science ideas. From nuclear physics to the solar system there is little that Sofia doesn’t tackle head on. To see some of the inspirational work that has taken place with her year six class from Wellington check out the slides below!

My Space, My Place Project

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In September 2010, TWC recieved funds to develop a community project in Somers Town, Camden.

Working in conjuction with South Camden Community School, the My Space, My Place Project was born.

Children from Edith Neville Primary School and Netley Primary School have worked with students from Central St Martins School of Art and Design to explore ideas of welcoming and safe spaces though architecture.