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: sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

 

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
site
. 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! 

 

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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