TWC on the Map

Image 04-03-2015 at 21.44The 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!

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
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! 

 

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

 

Five years – 15 projects – 7,500 young people – one walk!

It’s Together We Create’s fifth birthday and we want you to celebrate with us on our fabulous three mile sponsored Thames autumn stroll on Sunday 9th November 

For added awesomeness, invite your friends and family and you will all get a free Together We Create River Walk balloon in the pub afterwards. Don’t say we don’t spoil you!

Our charity is run by volunteers and freelancers with no salaries, no offices and no waste. Since we started in 2009, our award-winning creative projects have enabled 7,500 young Londoners to develop their skills and build strong, sustainable communities. Which we’re pretty proud of, actually *buffs nails*

Meet 2pm on Sunday 9th November at Café Rouge at 85 Strand-On-The-Green, London W4 3PU to get your map. We’ll finish in the Coach and Horses pub on Kew Green for post-walk high fives. Talk to the team and some of the young people we work with, or just get on with your Sunday – but not before you get your free Together We Create River Walk balloon. It is a birthday party, after all!

Sign up now for our fun day out.

  •  £5 could pay for a USB memory stick

    ·         £10 could pay for an iPad cover

    ·         £15 could pay for printing a piece of artwork for the community

    ·         £20 could pay for animation software for a class of students

    ·         £35 could pay for a multi-functioning tripod

    ·         £56 could pay for a criminal records bureau (CRB) check for a TWC freelancer

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

Honeywell Celebrates

Opp Opp Away!

The team at Together We Create were delighted to help Hounslow host their first ever ‘Our Park Presents’ outdoor film screening and event in Inwood Park on 02 August 2014!

Working in partnership with The Friends of Inwood Park and the Saturday School of Polish Language Pro Polonia, we hosted a community film event which brought together over 1,000 local people, who attended to enjoy a free open-air screening of the Disney film ‘Up’, amid a carnival atmosphere.

Click here to watch the film we made about the event 

Prior to the screening, we joined a number of local businesses and community organisations to host a parade which saw youngsters joined by giant exotic birds like the one featured in the film, and share their thoughts and feelings of the event on a huge graffiti wall.

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We also presented the first public screenings of the short animated films that were created by young people from across the borough in the Light, Camera, Inwood sessions we held at Hounslow library. And for young budding film makers keen to have a go while at the event, we had camera equipment on hand to teach them how to make their own animated film.

The event aimed to bring together local communities and stretch individual aspirations using the medium of film, whilst increasing engagement and investment in the film and cinema sector.

Talking of the event, Adrian Wootton, Chief Executive of Film London and British Film Commission, said: “Through Film Hub London, we are delighted to be working with a range of Hub Members to deliver imaginative and engaging screening activity for their local communities. Our Park Presents has great potential, and I look forward to seeing the project develop into something which promises to be very special for residents of Hounslow”.

Sarah Hoyle of TWC adds “Everyone’s hard work, innovation and commitment has made this project possible and as a result we delivered a fantastic community event. This helped us to develop great connections with local groups, businesses and individuals across Hounslow, fulfilling a very real purpose in Hounslow.”

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The event was showcased during Love Parks Week (25 July to 3 August), a national campaign which supports the need for quality green spaces and healthy, happy communities.

Our Park Presents is commissioned and supported by Carillion Integrated Services and Hounslow Council. The project was awarded funding from Film London’s Film Hub London, through the Community Screen Scheme which supports community programming initiatives which aim to reach new and underserved audiences in their local area. The Hub is proud partner of the BFI Film Audience Network.

Thanks to everyone who took part, we can’t wait for 2015!!

 

Love Parks? Spend a few hours volunteering at Inwood Park’s film screening

On Saturday 2nd August the ‘Friends of Inwood Park’ group in partnership with ‘Together We Create’ and ‘Pro Polonia’ (a Polish Parents community group) will run the ‘Our Park Presents’ Hounslow’s Community Outreach Film Project 2014. The event is supported by the Carillion events team and sponsored by the Council and Film London.

The event starts at 5pm and the programme for the afternoon/evening has a lot on offer: a “Canvas Youth Centre” – a Youth Service/Together We Create marquee/tent featuring: screening of Inwood Park young people’s film; Information about the Youth Service, what’s going on this summer and support for young people; Opportunities for young people to learn about the Youth Centre, Youth Council; Libraries Tent: story time in English and Polish language, mask making, arts and crafts, face
painting, games; Crafts for under 5s (lead by Pro Polonia and the Library services); Sports Zone with support from London Eagles; Edible Maze and community artist activities with Sophie Rigg; Local social enterprise, The Bridge, will sell food in the Park Café; guest performers

From 8:30pm animation films created by Kingsley Academy with Together We Create will be screened before the main film. At 9pm a free screening of the film Up is presented.

There are a few ways you can be involved – you can run an interactive, fun stall or marquee and promote your organisation and service while connecting with hundreds of locals. Or your staff or service users might like to be volunteers on the day – lots of opportunities to make your skills and interest and flexible in time too.

If you’d like to help make this a memorable event and pave the way for more free screenings and connected community events in Hounslow’s Parks then please contact any of the following community.development@hounslow.gov.uk or Aga from Pro Polonia at Aga2b@yahoo.co.uk or Sarah Hoyle at sarah@togetherwecreate.org.uk

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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