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

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! 

 

Living in Richmond want to get involved in our new free project…

Thames Valley Housing have partnered with 6AQ, The Vineyard Community Centre, Richmond Housing Partnership and Together We Create to run a number of FREE Youth Projects in Richmond for 13 to 19 year olds.

Lions Den & The Richmond Project:

Dates:  Starting Friday 17th – Ending 19th Decemberimage006

Times: Fridays 7-8.30

Venue: The Vineyard Community Centre, The Vineyard, Richmond, TW10 6AQ

Lions Den: A business themed project similar ‘The Dragons Den’. Young people will work together to create a business idea and present it to a panel of Lions for start-up funding of £200.

The Richmond Project: A film project looking at all the good and bad things about the area; describing where and how improvements could be made. Young people will create their own documentary, learn basic camera techniques, work with iPads, interview local people, create a sound track and learnt to edit.

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Book NOWhttps://tvha.wufoo.com/forms/lions-den-the-richmond-project/ Booking necessary

Or for more information call, text or email Tessa: 07775 580864 tessa_bird@tvha.co.uk

 

The TWC Film Gallery

Over the past four years the team at Together We Create have been documenting our projects with short films, often made entirely by the young people we work with. We even have our own Vimeo Page which contains 30 films created by the team over the last few years.

So sit back, break open the popcorn and enjoy!

Here are a few of our favourites:

I love Brentford  

Happiness at Berrymede Primary School 

Lights Camera Kingsley 2014

Vision on Cricklewood

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News Flash – Vision on Cricklewood: Film Uploaded

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Over the past nine months students from Hampstead School have been working with the team at TWC to produce a film for the Cricklewood community and its now online and ready to share!

The students had to research the local area, film interviews with local businesses  & community leaders and work both in front and behind the camera. Not only did the students need to get to grip with the equipment, they also had to conquer their own nerves; asking a person you don’t know questions can be a daunting task!

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In all the students talked to around 30 local people across the duration of the project. The young people chose the best twelve interviews and edited them together in

to the final film. Raheem from the project said “I have really enjoyed myself. Its been fun working with the experts from Together We Create. Filming was scary but fun.”

Glen Steven, Inclusion Co-ordinator at the school added “As a school we are really keen to be an active part of the community. When a project like this comes along, we know our students will benefit from it, so we have to say Yes!”

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Catherine Hays, Chair of Trustees for Together We Create said “We have really enjoyed working with Hampstead School on the Vision on Cricklewood program. The staff and students have committed lots of time and energy into this project and have been a great partner to work with.” 

The premier screening took place at Hampstead School on 23rd April. This project was made possible thanks to a grant from Barnet Council. This project complements the work that has taken place locally funded by the London Mayors, Outer London Fund

Click here to see the Vision on Cricklewood film 

Film Screening: “In Cricklewood Everyone is a Star”

Together We Create and Hampstead School have the pleasure of inviting you to the screening of

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Vision on Cricklewood: In Cricklewood Everyone is a Star 

Over six months, we have been working students from Hampstead School to create a film that showcases some of Cricklewood’s best bits! The students interviewed lots of local residents and businesses to create a film that celebrates the local area. We have the pleasure of inviting you to the premier screening of the film which will take place on:

Wednesday 23rd April 2014 between 6pm -7pm  at Hampstead School, Westbere Road, Cricklewood, NW2 3RT

Limited parking and light refreshments provided. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Please RSVP to sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

Honeywell Celebrates!

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We are really excited about a new project we have developed for the Honeywell Community Centre in West Drayton, in collaboration with our partners at A2 Dominion Housing Association.

Over February half-term, we will be giving the chance for up to 20 local young people to create a film celebrating the creativity found in their patch of the London Borough of Hillingdon. Working in small groups, the young people (aged 8-14) will get the chance to learn lots of new creative skills to do with film creation and production.

Through the week, our team of experts will be on-site to teach the students the core fundamentals involved in creating great films. Team lead, Sarah, will be demonstrating the latest techniques and tricks with camera angles, and exploring the art of great storyboarding, presenting and editing.

While professional DJ Tom will be taking time out from the recording studio to coach the students in audio sampling, layering, audio recording and mixing so that they will be able to create their very own sound tracks.

Rowan, our tech support and budding film maker, will be heading up the creative part of the programme, and will work with the students to deliver art projects that showcase their creative inspiration.

It promises to be a great week!

By the end of the week we will have an amazing film; produced, directed, acted and filmed by the students. We promise to share it here first!

New Film Project Launched in NW2

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The team at TWC are on the creativity trail again! This time we have taken our adventures to North London, to Cricklewood.

Working in conjunction with Hampstead School, we are delighted to launch a brand new school film project. Our fab filmmakers Barry and Rowan will be mentoring a group of Year 9s to produce a film about Cricklewood for local people and local businesses.

The first group session took place on Tuesday 08 October, with another 12 sessions scheduled up until March 2014. At the end of the programme, the final film will be shown at a film premiere!  Barry (the lead freelancer for the project) said ‘We met the group earlier on this week. They were full of ideas and enthusiasm. I think this film is going to be great!’

We will post the details of the film premiere event in early 2014, so keep an eye out for it on this website! All local residents will be invited. We would like to thank Glen at Hampstead School for his fantastic organisation skills and Ken and his team at Barnet Council who have helped make this fantastic project happen.

Good luck to our budding filmmakers, we can’t wait to see the final film!