The Leadership Academy is a brand new project for Watermill Lane, a neighbourhood in Enfield we have been working with for over 18 months. The project has been designed to develop the confidence and self esteem of a group of young people who live on the estate.
Over four day-long sessions the young people will build on one of the four core skills that make up the program. These skills are Team Work, Kindness, Confidence and Leadership.
We launched the project on Saturday 18th January by interviewing all the young people hoping to be part of the first academy. Then asked questions such as “What do you think leadership is? one young person replied, “Standing up to bullies and supporting your friends”. It is clear we are working with a very talented group of young people! As we move through the program we will provide regular updates as to how the young people are getting on.
For this project we will be partnering up with North London providers including Go Ape, Kentish Town City Farm and Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation, to give the young people the chance to broaden their horizons and aspirations through the project. This project is funded by BBC Children in Need and supported by Origin Housing.
In 2017 the team from TWC will be back in Enfield delivering more great projects for the residents of Watermill Lane. Here is a flavour of what we have lined up.
Planet Play has landed! We are providing structured weekend and afternoon sessions for children aged 5-10 years old. Here are the first dates for your diary:
Saturday 28th January 1pm- 3pm: Biscuit Decorating Come and join the team for an afternoon of biscuits, icing & fun.
Saturday 11th February 1pm-3pm: ‘I love Watermills’ Craft session plus half term activity on Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th February
Saturday 4th March 1pm- 3pm: Spring is in the air. Join us for our spring Planet Play session. Will be loads of fun!
Also coming up…
The Leadership Academy’ an invite only program designed to create & inspire young leaders of the future,
launching February 18th
‘The Community Lunches’, more chances for residents to get together to share food and make friends…
These projects have been funded by Children in Need.
Get involved….Didn’t have the time last year to get involved? Don’t worry!
It has been incredible meeting so many Watermill residents over the past 12 months and we look forward to meeting even MORE in 2017! We want to hear your ideas and thoughts as to how together we can make Watermill Lane the best place to live in Enfield.
Come and say hello or email us with your ideas.
On Friday 2nd December we joined the team from Origin Housing to celebrate the Queensgate Art Project!
Queensgate is a new development in the centre of Watford. Earlier this year we were asked by Origin Housing to come up with ways we could encourage residents to think more responsibly about how they looked after their neighbourhood. Problems that were emerging including kids drawing on walls and families not using the waste & recycling bins properly. Our solution was to work with the young people who lived in the neighbourhood to create a series of amazing artworks.
Over a period of six weeks the children living in Queensgate worked with the team from TWC to create three large collages. Each collage was based around the themes of waste, recycling and neighbourliness. At the end of the project the artworks where hung on the walls within the Queensgate block.
The young people and their families really took to the project. Nine months after the project ended there were no new cases of marks on the walls or problems with the rubbish and recycling Jon Foster the Social Investment Manager for Origin said “The
project was a real success. It was great to see a project that was so simple yet worked so well.”
At the celebration event the team from Origin and Together We Create were joined by Cllr Karen Collett, Lead member for Communities on Watford Borough Council.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Our thanks to BBC Children in Need and the Team from Origin Housing for their support.
Join us for our yearly Halloween Festival at Watermill Lane this half term. Between the 24th- 26th October the TWC Team will be running action packed, fun filled workshops for young people living on the Watermill Lane Estate in Enfield. All the sessions are free, supported by funds from Origin Housing Association. If you are a local resident come an join us. For more information email email@example.com
Wow what an amazing two weeks! Over the last 10 days the TWC Team have run six incredible Let’s Play workshops across Hounslow and Greater London. To date we have worked with over 100 young people encouraging them and their families to get involved in the Let’s Play games.
On Saturday 2nd April we were lucky to be invited to the Southville Funday. Jennie Tweedy the Centre Manager for the Southville Community and Childrens Centre emailed us with this great feedback:
“I just wanted to say a big thank you for coming to our event on Saturday, the feedback was great. The team were helpful, professional and most of all fun and the children had a great time. I spent yesterday afternoon trying to get a biscuit from my forehead into my mouth without using my hands and we had a great lot of fun and laughter thanks to such a simple game.”
Jennie’s Colleague Samantha added “You engaged with all the children and us adults too with your brilliant games. Your Team are fantastic. All of you have the wow factor!!
The Lets Play workshops will continue across April and May culminating with a Let’s Play Celebration Event on Saturday 21st May at Hounslow Youth Centre.
If you run a community group in Hounslow and would like to get involved in this free project please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the Michelle at the Hounslow Community Partnerships Unit on 020 8583 2454
We have already had a busy start to 2016! Since the New Year we have been running Tech Talk, a fantastic new project working with 18 Software Development and Coding students fromWest Thames College to develop Apps for the greater good.
With our world becoming more and more App-centric, we wanted to run a project that not only teaches skills in Apps and App development, but also inspires people to develop Apps that can support the wider community. Tech Talk delivers just this.
Our project is based on the hugely successful Apps for Good programme and in typical TWC style, we have put our own spin
on it. To inspire our students further, we enrolled a number of
professionals working in the world of Software Development, Coding and App production to support each workshop. Our volunteer techies have been on hand to answer technical questions, refine ideas, share their tips of the trade and advise on how a successful career can be made with these skills.
Since the start of the project our students have been developing some fantastic ideas for new Apps. One such idea has been a weather App which tells you what clothes you should wear to match the weather outside – a great idea I think we would all agree!
On the 2nd March, our students will present their best App ideas to a Dragons Den Panel of leading tech professionals. Good luck to all students. We look forward to sharing their ideas with you in due course.
Thanks go to the Heathrow Community Fund for
kindly supporting this project, and to our wonderful volunteers who has helped to make this a truly fantastic and inspirational project.
It has been a phenomenal summer for the TWC Team, the busiest on record! We have been making pop videos in Brentford, playing zombie tag in West Drayton, creating board games in Kew, decorating cupcakes in Ashford and kite flying in Edmonton… and that is just the tip of the iceberg!
We’d like to thank all our community partners who have engaged us with some great neighbourhoods this summer. We’d also like to thank our amazing freelancers who have worked their socks off.
As we move into the Autumn Term we continue our ongoing work on the Watermills Estate in Edmonton. We will also be supporting the young people in Kew Riverside as we hand the project over to Brentford Football Club.
Finally we are very excited to announce the launch of a new project for Hounslow and Slough which is supported by the BAA Community Fund. Working in collaboration with Thames Valley Housing Association we are setting up a Social-Apps-for-Good project which will encourage young people to help build their communities through technology. Fun times ahead!
For more information email email@example.com or find us on twitter@TWC_Projects
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!
The Team at TWC have been plotting again… plotting on a map!
We thought it was about time we created a visual to show the location of as many of the amazing TWC projects as possible. So armed with a big cup of tea, and a few hours to spare, we got plotting.
Click here for the link to the TWC googlemaps page. We will keep updating this with more information about our projects as and when we can.
All very exciting!