Together We Create: Registered Charity Number: 1140617 Mon, 09 Sep 2019 21:51:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A decade of thanks! Mon, 09 Sep 2019 21:16:22 +0000 read more]]> To all supporters and friends of Together We Create, after a decade of serving young people and their communities across London, the Trustees and I have decided it is time to say goodbye. 

From Sutton to Tottenham, Bracknell to Enfield, Together We Create has spread happiness and joy to people across this great city.

Our work goes on in other ways. Our Trustees are teachers, project managers, charity managers  accountants and community leaders. Our work and ethos will continue.

Thanks again for all your support, kindness and great ideas.

We’ll see you again, Sarah

Nb You can still email me:


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Jubilee Court : A Summary Sat, 15 Dec 2018 13:55:27 +0000 read more]]> Jubilee Court 2015 – 2018 – working toward a brighter future for all


One of our primary goals at TWC is to help improve neighbourhoods and enhance the lives of people who there. One of these such neighborhoods is Jubilee Court, Bracknell, which forms the backdrop for one of TWC’s longest running and most diverse programmes to date.


Since its launch in 2015, we have helped to deliver a wide range of events and activities to the residents of Jubliee Court. With continued investment and support from the team at Southern Housing Group, we have been able to expand our work helping people to interact, support one another and improve their living community.


Operating in an ongoing challenging economic climate and with changes to the welfare benefits system, it seems that our role in supporting the local community has become more important than ever before. We are truly inspired by the residents, and their passion to support and improve their local community. So we are delighted to feature just a few of our local residents and their thoughts on what the TWC programme has meant to them.


Kay became a resident of Jubliee Court in November 2016. As a new resident on the estate, Kay initially found it challenging to meet people and suffered with some loneliness as a result. With support from TWC, Kay started the ‘Sunshine Gardening Club’, which has created new friendships and a legacy for future residents to enjoy.


Both Kay and fellow keen gardener, Jean, credit the Club for helping them to both meet new people, and also help make the estate an even better environment to live in.


For both, the experience of being involved with TWC has been a positive one, as Kay explains; “the casual events organized by TWC made it much easier to interact with others and the fact I only had to walk down the stairs and could easily go back to my flat made it a lot less anxiety provoking.” While Jean adds that if she didn’t feel up to attending events herself, it was great to know that others were enjoying the events.


Meanwhile, fellow neighboursFaith and Chalky, have particularly enjoyed the shared meals events, and making new friends through this new shared experience. Chalky in particular enjoyed hosting a meal for a group and plans to do it again soon.


Chalky also liked the idea of improving the aesthetics of the communal spaces and is considering contributing pieces of his own artwork to the estate. Resident artist, Elvis also appreciated the creative events held by TWC, which ranged from not just the garden club but coffee mornings, quizzes and games nights.


For all residents we spoke to, the diverse and casual nature of the activities and events programme that TWC ran was a real benefit, as it enabled them to socialise with other residents on their own terms. It has clearly has had a long lasting impact, with each of participants passionate in their encouragement for other communities to come together – even just over a cup coffee, it really does make all the difference. As Jean sums up, “always try and make an effort, however small.  Even smiling at people can change their day.”





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Moray Drive in full summer bloom Thu, 07 Jun 2018 08:40:49 +0000 read more]]>

The TWC crew have been working with the wonderful people at Thames Valley Housing to start a community allotment project in sunny Slough.

The site will be launched this summer and over the last few weeks TWC have been working with the residents at Moray Drive to start wiggling green thumbs.IMG_5887

We kicked things off on Saturday 21st April by giving everyone a taste of allotment life. Moray Drive rolled up their sleeves and got straight to work potting some house plants, which are now growing away nicely on everyone’s windowsills. The response has been amazing! 

Gardening starter kits

IMG_5883On our latest visit last Saturday (2nd June) the TWC team delivered gardening starter kits to households at Moray Drive.

Th DIY kits came delivered in plant pots, complete with soil and
seeds, and were perfect for delivering in person or as a nice wee package to come home to on your doorstep.

The kits were well received all round and a perfect way to try your hand at gardening at home. We also had some residents keen to post extra seeds to their neighbours – a great way to spread the allotment love at Moray Drive.

What’s up nextIMG_5884

We’ll be back at Moray Drive in a couple of weeks’ time to check on the plants and get
cracking with some gardening on the site – fingers crossed for more sun!

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Spring has sprung! Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:54:33 +0000 read more]]> The daffodils are out and the long winter is behind us! 

A huge thanks to the team at Southern Housing who kept our spirits up during the winter as we continued out work at Jubilee Court in Bracknell.

Spring/ Summer 2018 will see us back in sunny Enfield, running a number of events with our partners from Origin Housing. We are also working on a new project in Slough with Thames Valley Housing, where we are establishing a community allotment project with residents in Moray Drive. Fingers crossed for lots of green fingers and sunshine!



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Summer holidaying at Watermill Lane Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:28:31 +0000 read more]]> 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.


Watermill Summer Photo Two

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:


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Lots happening this Autumn Sat, 23 Sep 2017 08:36:51 +0000 read more]]> 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….

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Thank you The Hamptons! Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:53:42 +0000 read more]]> 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


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Watermills Leadership Academy Wed, 07 Jun 2017 20:18:06 +0000 read more]]> This spring the Together We Create team have been working with young people from Watermill Lane in Enfield to co-produce one of the best projects we have run in years!

The Leadership Academy is a four part programme that encourages and nurtures young people to develop skills so they can improve their community.

We worked with the young people to decide on the focus for each session. From ‘confidence’ on a zip wire to ‘caring’ at the farm, these young residents created a program which best fitted their needs and creativity.

IMG_7028Ursula Bowerman who lead the project said “It was amazing to see these young people really coming out of their shells. Week on week we saw the young people develop and grow.”

This pilot phase of the Leadership Academy was funded by BBC Children in Need, supported by Origin Housing. We hope to deliver more sessions in late 2017

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Lights, Camera, Hamptons! Sun, 19 Feb 2017 09:02:51 +0000 read more]]> The team from TWC are chuffed to be working with a new community this Spring. Supported by the team from Thames Valley Housing with funding from Sutton CVS we will be creating mini films at the Hamptons a Neighbourhood in Worcester Park.

Across a number of weekend sessions we will be working with the young people who live on the estate and their families to create a series of films which depict the different stories, locations and people that make up this very vibrant neighbourhood. The young people will be shooting the films on iPads before editing them together at one of the two creative weekend we are holding in May.

The final films will be shown at the Hamptons Midsummer Festival on the 24th June On site at the Hamptons

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Launching the Leadership Academy Sun, 19 Feb 2017 08:45:00 +0000 read more]]> 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.

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