By Taz Virdee
We are delighted to announce we have partnered with Heston Florist to deliver 2 free Flower Arranging Workshops for 10 local residents. The workshops will be held on Wednesday 17th & 24th August from 2 to 3.15pm at the Brabazon Community Centre.
'We're proud to be associated with such a great initiative...'
The workshops are open to residents living in the Heston West Big Local area.
Raji Gill from Heston Florist (Central Parade, New Heston Road) said: "The Big Local project is a great way for local businesses to support our local community, At Heston Florist we're proud to be associated with such a great initiative that caters for the interests of the local community in a Social & interactive capacity and I'm looking forward to teaching some of our skills to our local budding florists over the next few weeks!"
If you would like to sign up (first come basis) - please enter your contacts details below and we will get back to you. For more information please contact Taz on 07702532710.
By Taz Virdee
Children were given the opportunity to explore their artistic creativity thanks to the support and guidance from 7 fantastic students (Abbie, Anjali, Amrita, Harpreet, Juhi, Megha and Simran) from Cranford Community College. The aim of the Art Club (funded by our Community Chest grant) was to give the college students the opportunity to work with young children and help them hone their creativity in a safe and friendly environment.
‘Class really fun and exciting’
During the three workshops the children explored: mask making, badge making, card making, canvas painting and drawing. The sessions were highly interactive and imaginative; children thoroughly enjoyed the classes and were eager to re-start again in September.
One child said: “I found the class really fun and exciting. It was good to see my friends come along.”
‘Very proud of what we accomplished’
Students Megha and Juhi enjoyed the responsibility of leading the art workshops with their friends and were proud of their group’s achievement and commitment.
Megha, 15, said: “It was brilliant to have led the art workshops; we had a wonderful time and feel very proud of what we accomplished.”
Juhi, 14, added: “I believe the art project was a great opportunity for kids to showcase their talents and express their creative side. It was also generally a fun experience in which we all got to get involved and produce a piece of imaginative work we were all proud of.”
'An opportunity to be creative and extraordinary!'
Amrita and Anjali felt the project gave them an opportunity to connect with their friends after school whilst learning valuable project management skills such as: organising, budgeting and planning sessions.
Amrita, 15, said: "The art club was a way of getting our childish sides out, giving us an opportunity to be creative and extraordinary! It was really nice having that time to socialise and hang out with the children as well as our friends. Hope to have more opportunities like this again!"
Anjali Kumar, 15, added: "Working with children was fun and exciting experience as we got to develop friendship with them and were able to join in with the arts and crafts. We learned how to organise a youth club and how to handle different situations."
We do hope to re-start this amazing project in September – so watch this space!
On behalf of Heston West Big Local we would like to say a BIG thank you to the group of students. Throughout the project they were enthusiastic, energetic and inspiring. We would also like to thank Berkeley Primary School for their support and all the children involved.
Are you a student at Cranford Community College? Do you have a few spare hours a month to help make a positive difference in our community? If yes, then we would love to hear from you.
Please get in touch with Taz on 077022532710 or firstname.lastname@example.org or speak with Mr Fraser at Cranford Community College for more information.
By Taz Virdee
Start your day the exciting way! With high energy and high fun. We have teamed up with Wuk Up Academy to deliver our Community Chest funded 10 week Caribbean Fitness and Dance Session for Women living in Heston West and surrounding areas. The sessions will be led by local resident and dance tutor Nafura Ka.
Nafura Ka said: “I want ladies who can't afford gym memberships to have a chance to get fit too. I want to share my expertise with ladies in my community to help them increase their well being. Confidence and self esteem will be the first to improve and the rest will follow.”
Our classes are £2 per participant, women only (18yrs and over) and will start this Thursday 19th May 2016 from 10.30 to 11.30am – first session will be outdoors in the basketball cage area however please meet at the Brabazon Community Centre for 10.30am.
If you are interested in coming along or would like more information please contact Nafura Ka on 07859379227 / email@example.com
For more information about Wuk Up Academy please visit: www.wukupacademy.com
Please click here to download the flyer.
Please note first session is outdoors so please bring along sun lotion and water with you.
Saturday 4th June from 11 to 2pm we kick off with our first Community Chest project in partnership with London Play on Johnson Road, Heston, TW5 9LH. The 4 week FREE street play sessions will encourage young children to use their local area to explore their creativity and to have fun safely. The roads will be temporary closed (with access only due to any emergencies) and be facilitated by London Play's Barry O'Donovan.
Barry said: "Children, families and communities benefit greatly from outdoor play, especially near their homes. Play streets bring neighbours together, which helps to build community spirit and allow children to be fitter, healthier and more sociable."
The sessions will run every Saturday during June 2016. Parents are advised to supervise their children at all times during the play sessions. For more information about London Play please visit: www.londonplay.org.uk
By Taz Virdee
Great news! We are delighted to announce that 14 new projects have been awarded Community Chest funding. These projects aim to improve the lives of local residents by bringing people together to learn new skills, gain new experiences and make new friends. Below are the successful projects that will be commencing within the next few months. Please let us know what you think and if you or somebody you know might be interested in getting involved.