By Serena Lola
Today people of all ages and abilities came together to design a community mural fro the Brabazon centre in Heston West and it was the first meeting before next week where we will get to work painting. First off it was a great turn out of around 20 people and the leader of all of this was Anita from Certitude and she aimed to get lots of people involved and for this to really be a community thing. Even NCS were involved and did fundraising before for the supplies needed to create something beautiful for the community.
The day began with brainstorming and throwing out ideas for the mural and there were a range of things such as: something to do with nature or the Brabazon plane, we learnt quite a lot about the history of the place from one of our elder members who taught us quite a lot about the past of Heston. It was great to see everyone come together.
We were even joined by our MP Seema Malhotra who also wanted to see how we contribute to making our community great, she even got involved in helping design some ideas. After each group had designed a mural the best part of the day came, food! Because everyone loves food especially pizza and this gave us a chance to really get to know everyone and socialize. After each group presented their ideas and we found that a lot were quite similar and combined them to create one amazing ides for the mural which included all the bits we liked and with our idea set we headed home ready for the next week where we would get stuck in with painting the mural.
Here's the finished (below) mural thanks to CPP Hounslow, NCS The Challenge and Certitude's support.
By Neha Soni
The Family Fun Picnic event took place on the 12th August at the Brabazon Centre and attracted over 180+ attendees. The event was planned a week in advance by Big Local Heston West and NCS The Challenge.
The event had many different activities taking place; Arts and crafts (provided by Feltham arts), face painting, free food, magic shows, football, a dance performance and a drum performance. Volunteers also interacted with community members and collected surveys to find out more about how attendees heard of Big Local Heston West and their views on politics. The survey revealed that attendees liked the Big Local initiative as it brings communities together in a fun and safe environment.
The NCS team helped deliver the football match and kindly donated resources for our walking football and PAN disability football sessions. Amadeus, a Big Local volunteer, enjoyed the magic show, adding “The magician did really cool tricks; especially the water cup trick where she spilt water… but it was still in the cup afterwards!” Rajan enjoyed the dance performance, saying Sharan and Layba were “really talented and brave.”
We would like to thank Sharan and Layba for their dance performance, Kapil for his drum performance, Feltham Arts for their arts and craft stall.
By Nadia Patel
Week 3: Tuesday 8th August 2017
The main focus of today’s session was to develop a survey to gather the opinions of local residents in relation to our campaign: Politics and Courses.
We started off the morning by going through the details for Saturday’s event. We discussed what the plan of action would be in the event that the weather does not go as planned so that we are prepared.
The team then moved on to discussing the survey that would be circulated at the event in order to gather information. They were split in to two groups so that a variety of questions could be created. The groups began by initially just discussing ideas and the information they would like to receive though the survey.
The campaign that is being created is focused on Politics and also Courses that will develop life skills. The aim of the surveys is to find out whether the community would be interested in this sort of project and if so what they would like to see.
The questions will find out what the most popular social media platforms are amongst the community in order to circulate information. The questions will also aim to uncover what the community opinion is on politics and whether or not people are actually interested and want to get involved in politics.
The survey will target a mixture of age groups in order to better understand the interests of a variety of the community to ensure that events organised appeal to them. The team is also particularly interested in the opinions of young people as they are the target demographic for the campaign.
The team then set off in to the community (Redwood Estate) to hand out leaflets and speak to members of the public about Saturday's Big Local Community event.
It was a productive session and the team is ready to move forward on to the next step of the campaign.
Photo credit: Haroon Lukka
By Anjali Parmar
Monday 7th August 2017
Today was a really good experience. We went to the BFI. BFI stands for British Film Institute.
We first got there and went to a tunnel, which had graffiti art all over. I got chosen to be director.
We took many photos of different groups and videos to make a story-line. After this, we went to different food stores to eat our lunch, as we were hungry.
Then we went back to the BFI and went to a studio where we interviewed people about Bollywood and we also met Ameet Chana (above) who was in Eastenders and Bend it Like Beckham.
We also had time to go to London and many places. My favourite part was going to the Water Fountain and running in and out.
Anjali Parmar, 13yrs old
Youth Action Team Member / Youth Film-making Participant
Photo credit: Haroon Lukka & Callum Willis
By Sharan Kaur
Saturday 5th August 2017
Today was so good! We started the day by going into groups with NCS The Challenge.
We were in groups and we were meant to jot down ideas for an ideal picnic.
There is going to be picnic on Saturday 12th August from 1 to 4pm at the Brabazon Centre and Redwood Estate. Both of the groups came up with really good ideas, such as:
By Nadia Patel
Week 2: Tuesday 1st August 2017
This week the Youth Social Action Team continued to develop on their idea from the previous week - Politics and Courses.
The day began with another ice-breaker so all the members of the team were able to continue getting to know each other. By the end of the summer the team will probably know more about each other than they’d ever expected to.
The main focus of the session this week was to understand what a campaign really is and clear up any misconceptions surrounding them. Taz Virdee began by asking the team what they thought a campaign is. There were a range of ideas including handing out leaflets and surveys and organising events. Taz then explained that these are all parts of what makes up a campaign.
To Campaign is to work in an organised and active way towards a goal.
The team was then split in to two small groups to create a time line on the campaign project. This involved identifying factors such as obstacles that could be faced and what the desired outcome would be. These included, constraints such as resources or a possible lack of interest by people in the area.
The target demographic for the campaign are 10-20 year olds, which means that the team themselves are the most ideal candidates for this task because they too fall into that bracket and are affected by the issues they hope to improve on.
The next task for the groups was to create an example of the ideal person that they would pitch their campaign to. Both groups had factors in common on their ideal candidate. This person would most likely be a teenager between 13-16 who is in education and wants to learn more about politics and life skills.
The team was very excited seeing how their idea is coming together and can’t wait to make a difference in their community.
Click here to read: Week 1: Developing our Big Local Youth Campaign Ideas
Photos by Haroon Lukka
By Neha Soni
Week 1: Tuesday 25th July 2017
The Youth Social Action Team was split into two groups and the day began with an icebreaker. This helped us find out more about the new volunteers and a bit too much about the existing volunteers! After getting to know each other better, the teams brainstormed different campaign ideas. Ideas ranged from; mental health awareness, acid attacks, helping people realise their full potential and littering.
Each group then had to pick their ‘top’ ideas and present why they chose them. After much debate and teamwork, the top ideas were anti-bullying, politics/life-skills and mental health/cultural integration. Team A chose anti-bulling because it made citizens feel unsafe in the community and often leads to depression. Team B chose politics and life-skills because there is a lack of community awareness on political issues and access to build on their life-skills. Team B also chose mental health and cultural integration as many people who do not speak English as their first language may find it difficult to do everyday tasks resulting in anxiety.
The groups then had to choose their final ideas (see below), expand on how they would put it into action and create a slogan. Team A’s anti-bullying campaign had the slogan “time to rise”. It aimed to encourage youths to speak out if they are being bullied by contacting the team via phone, email or directly. They would encourage youths to reach out by speaking in primary and secondary schools, designing a website, creating safe communication between the team and youths and running fun events with the community.
Team B’s final idea was politics and courses. Their slogan was “live, love and learn how to use your voice”. Their campaign targets 10 - 20 year olds and encourages active citizenship. Provisional session ideas included survival skills, debate night, suggestion box and issues of societal importance.
The Youth Social Action Team took a majority vote to decide which idea would be more viable. Nadia Patel counted the votes and announced that the politics and courses campaign had won. Both campaigns contained amazing ideas and hopefully the future courses can incorporate anti-bullying.
ANTI-BULLYING – Time to Rise
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