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.
Remember playing hide and seek? Tag? Jump rope? At TWC we love playing games, and we believe that play and leisure activities perform an increasingly important role in developing communities, combating social exclusion and disadvantage, and increasing opportunities for bringing people together. It was with this in mind that we developed a new project called Let’s Play in partnership with the London Borough of Hounslow. and Thames Valley Housing Association
The Let’s Play project is centred on the role of sports and leisure in the context of play, community engagement, empowerment and development. Adapting traditionalplaying games, we will be running a series of play-themed community events, designed to engage and equip local community groups and individuals of all ages with the tools, places and inspiration to make play accessible and a priority for everyone.
Talking about the project, TWC Founder, Sarah, explains; “As a charity we strive to create a positive and inclusive environment where everyone is valued and achievements are celebrated.This project contines our commitment to support communities across the London Borough of Hounslow. By developing this new and innovative programme our hope is that we can make community engagement simple and accessible to all”
The project will be running from March to May.
Keen to join in? To help get you started, we have developed the totally unique, Let’s Play games book which will be published end of February. Please email Hello@togetherwecreate.org.uk
for a copy of this book. Every participant will receive a Play Book.
Thanks to the generous support of the Hounslow Community Grant and our team of volunteers who have helped make this project possible.
The Team from Together We Create are chuffed to announce a fab new coding project for Spring 2016.
The project, called Tech Talk, will challenge up to 40 BTEC and HND student studying Software Development and Coding at West Thames Collage in Hounslow to develop an App which will benefit their community
This project is framed around the Apps for Good programme interspersed with input from inspirational people working in the world of software development, coding and app production.
We are looking for a minimum of six inspirational people to help lead one of the six sessions which make up this project. These inspirational folk will share the story of how they got into software development/coding/app development with the young people and then set two task for the students to complete during the session. Each sessions lasts just under three hours and are scheduled to run on Wednesdays across the Spring Term.
We have some funding thanks to a grant from Heathrow Community Fund.
If you’d like more information please email email@example.com
Jumper for Goal Posts is a new project for TWC which brings together two of our favourite project partners; Thames Valley Housing and Brentford Football Club Community Sports Trust.
The project builds on the work we have delivered at Kew Riverside over the past six months. Through events, conversations and surveys it became clear that the community was divided on the sticky subject of football. Lotsof the young people in the neighbourhood like playing football, but felt they had no where to
play. This then caused tension with local residents who didn’t appreciate the young people playing in public areas, especially in the street.
With the support of Brentford Fooball Club the team from TWC worked with Thames Valley Housing to create a weekly program of football training sessions at Chiswick Sports Grounds for the young people living in the Kew Riverside neighbourhood.
Jamie from Thames Valley said “The team from TWC did a really great job in canvassing opinions and collecting insight about the needs of residents on living in Kew Riverside. It’s great to see the young people really enjoying the weekly football session. This is full credit to the dynamic staff from Brentford FC inclusion Team.”
Sarah from Together We Create added “Jumper for Goal Post is a really excellent example for community engagement. To travel from community conversations to action within four months is a great achievement. Well done all at Thames Valley.”
The project runs from October 2015 – March 2016
Since the end of June 2015, the team from Together We Create (TWC) have been running ‘Watermills Weekly’ outdoor play sessions every Tuesday evening at the Watermills Estate in Edmonton, in collaboration with Origin Housing.
During the sessions the team from TWC facilitate a number of short games and challenges that encourage the children who live on the estate to play together and look after & respect their local environment. Through this the children build up their confidence and self esteem alongside their team work and leadership skills.
At least 10 children participate in the project each week, which equates to over 120 outputs since we began the project at the beginning of the summer. The children vary in age from as young as 4 years old to young teenagers aged 13 and 14.
As the winter nights draw in the team from TWC will switch from our regular Tuesday night slot to a Saturday afternoon. The weekend workshops are designed to encourage a next level of commitment from the children who currently take part in the ‘Watermills Weekly’ sessions. Moving away from just playing, these workshops will give the children the opportunity to take more ownership of the program of events, projects and sessions that run on the estate.
For weekly updates check out the @TWC_Projects twitter account
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!
If you thought that the General Election was the most important vote this week, think again!
Together We Create in partnership with our friends at Origin Housing have got through to the final round of the AVIVA Community Fund selection with our fab project for Somers Town.
We have put together a plan to help local young people to collect as many stories as possible from their community within in the Somers Town Estate, near St Pancras in Central London.
We will teach the young people how to use lots of great bits of technology, so they are empowered to go out and capture lots of great memories. We will then help the young people create animations inspired by the stores they have collected. These will then be presented back to the rest of the community.
To make this project happen we need you! Or more importantly your votes. Please follow this link to the AVIVA site to vote for our project. You can up to 10 times. Democracy in action!