Hear us Roar! Lions Den 2014

In the autumn of 2014 the team from Together We Create  worked on their most ambitious and adventurous project to date. Teaming up with the funders Thames Valley Housing Association, an elite squad of TWC freelancers embarked on a project to innovate and excite the best entrepreneurial minds in Slough and Richmond – Welcome to Lions Den 2014!  

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Over the ten week period the team worked with over 180 young people from across Berkshire and Surrey to run Lions Den Masterclass with young people aged 13- 19. The workshops started by asking the question ‘What do you love, hate and would like to change about where you live?’. This provided a really great springboard for exploring ideas that would benefit the local community.

Ursula the TWC lead freelancer commented “The young people we have worked with have been amazing! Their ideas and energy has completely bowled us over. We finish the project with six fully formed project ideas created by the young people which would do any community proud.”

The ideas, now all recorded will be shown to top executives from Thames Valley Housing Association. The best idea will be awarded £200 to kick start the project and to make these ideas happen. This project would not have been possible with the support from the team at YES Slough along with Richmond Youth Service 

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Thanks to those that supported our Autumn River Walk!

A fantastic crowd of friends, family and colleagues joined us Sunday 9th November to celebrate our 5th birthday for a fun sponsored Autumn River Walk.

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The event was designed to help recognise and celebrate our achievements in helping young people develop new skills and build confidence through our award-winning creative projects.

The day was great fun – the rain cheerfully stayed away and through your generous contributions we raised over £1,500 for the charity, whilst enjoying a fun day out along the Thames.

Thank you so much for all of your help and support. But our hard efforts don’t stop here; we know that people are still generously making contributions to provide our projects with much needed tools and equipment. If you would like to continue giving, the please contact us directly.


Many thanks again!

Framing the Past: October Half Term @ Gunnersbury Museum

Framing the Past; an innovative photography project for Gunnersbury Museum

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This half term, Gunnersbury Park Museum played host to a brilliant Together We Create photography project, inviting 12 young people to spend two days documenting the building before it closes for restoration.

Working with Gunnersbury’s education team, Together We Create showed budding local photographers how to use iPads, practicing different camera techniques and reviewing images for display when the museum reopens.

Lisa D’Agostino, Education & Lifelong Learning Officer from Gunnersbury Park Museum, said: “We were really blown away by how good the photos were and we loved how they were displayed so imaginatively. I think the young people definitely caught the spirit of Gunnersbury!”

Together We Create founder Sarah Hoyle said: “This was a unique chance to mark the end of one era and the beginning of another at Gunnersbury Park Museum. What better way to show this than through the eyes of local young people, who are now more connected to the museum and more skilled to pursue their own photography projects? Thanks to everyone who took part – your enthusiasm and talent was inspirational.”

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Gunnersbury Park Museum is the local history museum for the London Boroughs of Ealing and Hounslow. The museum’s role is to collect, keep safe and display the past and present history of its two boroughs.

Gunnersbury Park & Museum has been successful in securing Heritage and Parks for People Lottery funding to redevelop areas of the site. Although the museum will be closed for refurbishment from January 2015, there will still be a range of activities for all ages on offer.

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Join us and friends on our Autumn River Walk!

Join us on Sunday 9th November at 2pm to celebrate our 5th birthday with a fun sponsored Autumn River Walk.

Your support for this event has already been fantastic! Lots of friends and family are coming to join us, why not join us too?

Thanks also to those who have also supported us with some fantastic contributions on our Just Giving page. We can’t do this with out you!

Join us as we celebrate our achievements in helping young people develop new skills and build confidence through our award-winning creative projects. We are proud of what we, and every participant, has achieved, and we thought a wonderful walk showcasing some of the areas where our projects have been run would be a great way to not only celebrate our birthday, but also help to raise much needed money to carry on supporting our local young people.

We would love your support!

We operate with a tight ship of volunteers and freelancers with no salaries, no offices and no waste. Our charity desperately needs your support to help us continue to deliver our projects and help make a real difference to the lives of young people.

If you are not able to join us on the walk then please visit our online charity giving page which will enable you to make a contribution. Your kind contribution will enable us to continue running projects such as the much loved ‘Bee-See’ and ‘Lights, Camera, Kingsley’ programmes and help more local young people.

Click here for a link through to our fundraising page 

Join us: The walk will start at 2pm on Sunday 9th November at the Café Rouge on 85 Strand-on-the-Green new Kew Bridge. The walk is about 1.5 hours, and will end at the Coach and Horses pub on Kew Green for a celebratory drink!

Why note come and join us for some great family fun along the River Thames!

Talk to us: Contact pinny_seaman@yahoo.co.uk for any further details.

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.



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

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