In January, Together We Create was awarded £8,260 from BAA Heathrow Communities Trust to develop and deliver a series of fun and engaging projects which celebrates the humble bumble bee.
Working in collaboration with Griffin Park Learning Zone and the Friends of the River Crane (FORCE) and Twickenham Beekepers , the team at TWC have devised and delivered a program of innovative Bee information sessions for primary schools across West London. Starting with bee facts (and awful jokes) and ending with the creation of some amazing bees made from recycled materials, these workshops have created a real local buzz!
The main aim of the workshops is to make the children aware of the plight of bees and give them ideas as to how they could help the bees to survive and prosper. Making the bee models out of recycled materials is the fun bit, as it allows the children to experiment and test out their creative ideas.
Project Manager Sarah Hoyle said “This is a great collaborative project. We have brought together partners from across Hounslow, Ealing and Richmond who care about the local environment in West London. Focusing on Bees is really accessible and the kids just love these workshops!”
Since the project began over 50 bees have been made from recycled materials. To celebrate theses amazing creation, we are planning on holding an photography exhibition of the bees at the new Griffin Park Stadium home of Brentford FC (The Bees). Every child who has taken part in the project will also receive a bee poster which brings together the best jokes, facts and photos taken throughout the project.
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!
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!”
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
Since the beginning of the year Together We Create has received over £20,000 to continue the great work we deliver in schools and community settings across London.
We would like to thank the following grant funders for their generous support
BAA Communities Fund
– funds granted to support the A-Bee-see project, an environmental awareness project, which uses creative model making to teach young people about the plight of Bees. So far over 150 primary school children have taken part in this project.
Awards for All (National Lottery)
– funds granted to support Acton Animates, a literacy, art and animation project for all Year 8 Students at Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls, starting in May 2014. This grant included the purchase of 14 iPad minis which we will use across all our projects going forward.
Hounslow Council –
funds granted to support Light, Camera, Kingsley our very popular animation project for primary schools in central Hounslow. Run in conjunction with Kingsley High School Sixth Form, this project which begins in May will see over 50 animations created from scratch, using iPads supported by sixth formers from Kingsley.
More information about all our projects to follow shortly
Together We Create and Hampstead School have the pleasure of inviting you to the screening of
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Watch ‘We love to be here…”, our fab new film created by the young people who took part in the Honeywell Celebrates projects over half term.
Click here to watch our fab video
2014 has started with some fantastic new projects underway for the TWC team. We thought we would give you a quick update on what we are up to, and share some of the exciting new projects coming up:
In late 2013 we started our first project in Cricklewood. ‘The Vision on Cricklewood’ project is a film-making project working with students at Hampstead School to promote Cricklewood. The project has now been running for four months and is due to end in April with a community film screening. The film will also be published on the Cricklewood Community website. We have seen some early edits and we think it’s going to be great! Watch this space for further updates on the date and location of this screening!
Over to another part of London, where we recently teamed up with the Honeywell Community Centre to run the new ‘Honeywell Creates’project in West Drayton. Taking place over the February half term, this project was designed to teach young people new skills in audio production and the art of film making.
With so many young people at a loose end over the half-term break, this project provided a unique opportunity for participants to learn new creative skills while also making a positive contribution to the local area. Thanks to our partners at the A2 Dominion Housing Association, who helped to make this project happen!
In another first for TWC, we will shortly be commencing the ‘A- Bee-See’ project, which is a brand new concept that aims to bring together creative learning and bee environmental awareness. The project was created in response to the growing concerns of the livelihood of bees and the local environment. Students from 9 primary schools across West London will be participating in a number of creative digital learning workshops. These workshops will run alongside field-based activities which will include an educational visit to Hounslow Farm’s bee hives, the installation of three bee hives in West London and the creation of an environmental resource pack.
Hot off the press! We are also delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding to run a a second year of the Lights Camera Kingsley project, which will be a literacy and digital animation project for students based in Hounslow.
has started 2014 with a bang!
If you would like to hear more about our projects or would like to get involved, then please contact one of the team!
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!
Job Advert- Lead Creative Tutors
Together We Create (TWC) is an innovative creative charity that has been delivering cutting edge projects to young people and their communities for the last five years.
TWC runs projects across London, working in a variety of different settings from primary schools through to community centres. Recent projects include digital art installations made by young people for their community in West London, promotional videos made by secondary school students in North London for local businesses and claymation animations created by primary school pupils mentored by sixth formers from a nearby school.
All our workshops are provided free to young people and their families, funded in a large part thought grant applications to other larger charities. Following a successful round of funding, we are looking for positive, friendly and experienced tutors to join our freelancer team.
Our ideal candidate/s will have:
- Experience of delivering workshops and projects to a variety of young people of differernt ages, often from different (possibly challenging) back grounds
- Good working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop/ Premier, Final Cut Pro and Garageband
- Experience of working in schools
- Experience of working in community settings
- Excellent team working skills,time management and organisational skills
- An enhanced CRB
- A positive and friendly outlook
We expect our Lead Creative Tutors to be able to plan and prepare for every session they deliver. We also expect the Lead Creative Tutors to help with monitoring and evaluation. We aim to provide all our freelancers with support to help them develop their ideas. We will also provide CPD opportunities where possible.
We pay Lead Creative Tutors are paid between £175- £200 per day (depending on experience). We will allocated a set number of days to each project and expect our freelancers to show flexibility in how the workshops are delivered; some of the workshops may take place at weekends and evenings .The workshops will be delivered in various outreach locations in the boroughs of Hounslow, Ealing, Richmond Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent and Camden
For more details about what we have been up to recently check out the TWC website: www.togetherwecreate.org.uk
To join our freelancer team please email your CV and covering letter to [sarah[at]togetherwecreate.org.uk]
In October the TWC team put on their wellies and pitched their tents for Cricklewood’s very own Clitterhouse Farm Hug Day!
We well and truly rolled up our sleeves to take digital animation down to the farm. We hooked up our laptops, put up a big screen and got the young people of Cricklewood animating!
We were asked to volunteer our time for the Hug Day by Alastair and Thomas from the Clitterhouse Farm Project. We were delighted to be asked to support our local community and so jumped at the chance. As a charity, we are really passionate about supporting our local communities, so if you would like our help or support then please do let us know!
In the meantime enjoy the TWC Trustees animation. Needless to say the kid’s versions were much better!
TWC Trustees down the Farm
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!