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Check out the Behind the Scenes of our Big Local song 'Together We Are Stars' written and performance by our young volunteers for Heston West Big Local to help inspire and uplift our community. To watch our music video, please click here
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MADE in HESTON WEST Episode 2: NCS Does Volunteering
Welcome to our new series focusing on local talent and residents getting involved with the Heston West Big Local.
Our second episode focuses on NCS The Challenge volunteering for the Big Local during Summer 2018.
This film was created by young people involved with the Big Local Youth Action Team and MADE in HESTON WEST participants.
By Lerin Bajaj
Lerin Bajaj (above) receiving the Big Local Youth Award with Deputy Mayor of Hounslow Mukesh Malhotra in 2017.
A few months ago, I organised and developed a series of Crime and Punishment educational workshops aimed at my peers. Crime and punishment is an ongoing issue affecting the world, therefore I wanted to create awareness of the issues people face globally, as well as, to contribute in making a positive impact in other young people’s lives.
In week one, I was lucky enough to have a few people attend my workshop, as well as, some individuals from the Hounslow Youth Council. Everyone was split into groups. I started with brainstorming activities involving people to think about certain issues, such as: sharing their opinions on crime, their understanding about the topic and their knowledge in relation to crimes happening in society. Thereafter, I explained the classifications of crime followed by a group discussion on the ways to tackle crime, in addition to, a role-play activity. Overall, this session made me feel more confident and positive about the following weeks ahead and assured me that I could do this!
"...everyone was extremely mature and expressed their opinions in a very respectful manor."
After intensive discussion with the participants during the first week about different crime related topics, I chose the topic Sexual Harassment because it is an ongoing issue affecting many people worldwide. I started by verbally explaining what Sexual Harassment is and I played an educational video for additional information. Not many people knew the statistics of Sexual Harassment around the world, so I developed a guessing game where the class guessed statistics on sexual harassment. The statistics left everyone shocked. Are you aware that 120 million girls have experienced forced sex or other sexual acts? I shared stories about different cases of harassment and asked for their opinions on the scenarios. In addition, I asked what they would have done in that case. Since many people do not feel very comfortable talking about a sensitive topic like this, I was not sure what feedback I was going to get. However, everyone was extremely mature and expressed their opinions in a very respectful manor.
"...it was an amazing experience meeting Mukesh because we learnt a lot from his life and experiences."
Week four was aimed at the history of crime from the middle ages to the 20th century. The group were informed about different crimes committed in different era’s, as well as the cruel punishments people endured and how the punishment system has evolved over the years. The session ended with a debate on a considerate issue: Capital Punishment. This debate challenged the participants to think whether capital punishment should be re- introduced in the UK.
The final week was dedicated to fun activities surrounding the issues of crime. My first activity was The Justice Court game whereby the whole room was transformed into a Court. The young people were challenged to play different roles, such as, the judge, witness and the jury. I gave the class different scenarios which challenged them and made them think. Another game played was murder mystery: every person was given a new identity and different alphabet rhymes were hidden around the room to solve the mystery. In the end, the letters equalled to the name of the murderer. I pre-planned this with one of the participants and asked them to hide so that when everyone had found out who the murderer was they would try to find them. This session was an absolute fun!
Lerin with members from the Big Local Youth Action Team at the Consultation Event in September 2018
Overall, I believe these sessions have made me more confident and responsible. I learnt leadership skills and how to work effectively with other young people. These workshop sessions have accounted for my overall personal development. I would like to thank everyone for attending the sessions. My special gratitude goes to Taz for believing in my abilities and for giving me a responsible role and the opportunity to learn!
By Lerin Bajaj, 14 yrs.
By Taz Virdee
It's time to celebrate our fantastic, invaluable and inspiring volunteers, together making our area the place to be!
Nominate your community hero today by clicking here. We have TWO awards up for grabs! The Brian Clark Young Leader & Community Leader of the Year. Closing date for nominations is 9th September 2018. Cast your nominations today!
Last year, Rachel Smith won the Brian Clark Community Leader Award and Haroon Lukka and Juhi Kumra were joint winners for the Brian Clark Young Community Leader Award.
You can read more about 2017 Awards Evening by clicking here.
MADE in HESTON WEST
During August 2018, we held our Big Local Summer School in partnership with Bounce Theatre and supported by Cranford Community College. Around 60 local children attended the Summer School and in addition, 5 local young people were employed to support the programme. The focus for our Summer School was to give children the opportunity to explore health and well-being, engage with the arts and also to encourage parents to get involved by volunteering their time to support the programme.
Through our Big Local Summer School project:
Big thanks to Cranford Community College, MADE, Manju Malhi, Bounce Theatre, young workers, young volunteers, parents and all our community members and residents including our fabulous children for making a big difference to our community during the summer holidays.
We look forward to continuing the Summer School legacy at our upcoming Youth Creative Club and Art Awards programme with Bounce Theatre.