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

 

Lots happening this Autumn

There are lots of exciting new projects in the pipeline this Autumn.

We are continuing our work with older people at Jubilee Court in Bracknell thanks to an additional grant from Southern Housing Group. A season of amazing community meals await!

We have been awarded a grant from BBC Children in Need to develop our work at Watermill Lane with Origin Housing. The Leadership Academy is really great project, so we are pleased to see this  grow over the next two years.

More updates coming soon….

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

 

Launching the Leadership Academy 

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.

What is happening at Watermills

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!

 

Watermills Weekly Spring 2017Also 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.

hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk

 

Queensgate gets Arty!

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 IMG_4495responsibly 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.IMG_4511

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.

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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.

It’s getting getting spooky in N17!

Watermill Halloween Poster.001Join 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 hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk 

 

 

Lets Play- Project Perfect!

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.

IMG_4026On 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 IMG_4040adults 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 hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk or contact the Michelle at the    IMG_4053Hounslow Community Partnerships Unit on 020 8583 2454 

Talking Tech in West London

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.

CZub-icWIAQ8s-ZWith 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.

CZLAILCWIAcCMuLSince 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.