Refugee twinning action meeting

workshop 2TWe had a very productive meeting last night and identified several great potential twinning projects. We showed the film again for those who had not been at the first meeting, and heard some great stories from people at the meeting with experience in Palestinian refugee camps in the 80s (Kitty) and Indian/Pakistan partition refugee camps in 1945 (Durgesh). A lot of the human issues are the same and there are inspiring examples from both these situations to inform our own project development.

The projects we are developing are described in a bit more detail below. We need somebody to lead each one with the aim of spending the next month exploring the idea, potential contacts etc. This leader does not have to make a commitment to deliver the project, it is more like being its first guide to see if it looks like something we could explore further.

Next time we meet we will together choose the two projects that seem most possible and of value to both our community and the people in the camp. Once they are underway we will move on to starting up the next two. We hope to involve more of you in these individual projects so if something appeals to you and your interests or you have a good contact who might be able to help, please get in touch with boldvisionmail@gmail.com.

All projects should be in tune with Bold Vision values:

Openness: for all, not elitist

Mutuality: benefits to both communities, not patronising, not a handout

Potentialising: raising skills and awareness for all involved

Courage: may mean thinking in new ways, going beyond our comfort zones

Ideas that have already progressed a little

Bilingual Youth

Idea: Bring together young people in London learning Arabic and young people in the camp who want to learn English. Involve library donations and understanding of Arabic literature. Possible support from SOAS and British Lbrary. We also have a refugee volunteer in the camp who speaks and teaches English informally and is willing to coordinate.

Intention: Cultural exchange, improved understanding of Arab culture in London,

Leader: Soile

Knitting / Craft circles

Idea: create easy entry, safe neighbourhood eg per block where women can gather in each others houses on a rotation basis to spend an hour doing craftwork together. We could gather donated materials and teach a few leaders who could then teach each other. Could be communal knitting projects eg knitting blanket squares for the newest arrival / baby, knitting an art collage for the ‘street’. Search skills data base / advertise for those who already know how.

Intention: Encourage connections between women in the camp to improve well being and mental health.

Leader: Kitty

Music with children

Idea: create a combined choir sharing songs between Edmund Waller and school in the camp. To sing together via live streaming and to send recordings of each other singing each other’s songs.

Intention: Cultural exchange as well as interesting activity and human connection for both groups of children

Leader: ?

‘Barn-raising’

Idea: create action focus for men to come together and redress their sense of powerlessness to protect and provide for their families. Eg build a children’s playground together, build a shaded seating area by water tap

Intention: build connections, improve well being, benefit of new facilities and sense of pride / ownership

Leader: tbc but Anshu will kick off

Peace Rocks

Idea: have a peace rock dipping event during Jan / Feb and create a version of the house diamonds in the Hill Station. Partner with Ministry of Peace campaign?

Intention: sense of connection, raise awareness

Leader: Catherine

Other possibilities in early stages of development

Thrivers or survivors: use of simple, first aid type psychological support (eg Talk for Health course that we ran – via RSA – at New Cross Learning or the Dementia training that Judy Harrington has offered to do at Hill Station or New Cross Learning)

Forum Theatre / drama as suggested by Sylvestre Le Touzel Teale at last meeting. ? Using Cardboard Citizens style techniques. John will discuss with Bold Backer Adrian Jackson

Cooking Circles: cooking on a gas ring and with limited ingredients is a challenge, especially for those who are used to a full kitchen in their former life. Bold Vision project Grow Wild face similar challenges with their field kitchen. Possibility of recipe sharing, technique sharing, competitions (like Ready, Steady Cook where the limited ingredients are part of the concept)

Mobile library: create a small library that can be wheeled around the camp (eg using this kind of robust wagon). Train teenagers to be library drivers and manage the process. Develop a sense of community (like all running out for the ice cream van or – in my day J – the pop man, the egg man ad the knife sharpening man), increase access to books for those not allowed to live home.

School link: explored idea of cultural interaction through play between children at John Stainer school and those in the camp. Playground games exchange? Stories? Drawings?workshop 2T

 

Big Lunch Big Success Jun 7

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Highlights in Summary:

  • 550 people came along to Sunday’s Big Lunch
  • Everyone who wanted free food had it –  something like 200 burgers/sausages donated by the Hill Station
  • We had 22 stalls and all of the traders loved having the opportunity to sell and promote their wares
  • We had 13 different bands/solo performers from Beat Boxing to Gospel to Joy Choir to Rasta and SKA band2015-06-07 14.04.23
  • We raised £475 for Nepal and Syrian refugee projects
  • Lots of new people came up at the end and said they had really felt welcomed and appreciated the opportunity to be part of the community vibe.
  • Good that we had new links with House of Bread church and the New Life church which meets at Askes
  • The kids activities which Kate and Catherine did were great
  • The Zumba dancing went down so well.
  • Although takings at the café were down on the day (with so much free food outside) we were able to offset that with a good bar on the day so that’s good.2015-06-07 16.36.33
  • We had lots of volunteers (including 4 Askes boys) who stayed till the end to help clear up- THANKS!
  • Lots of photos and nice comments on Facebook

FOLLOW UP OPPORTUNITIES

  • If you heard the Syrian refugee appeal and want to donate here’s the link
  • If you are interested in getting involved with Bold Vision – we want young people, old people, ideas people, admin people. We are a friendly bunch and hate boring meetings so try to have good discussions. We meet once a month in the evening. Contact Catherine (cmshovlin@gmail.com) or John (jknepler2@gmail.com) if you want to chat about it

Are you a Lewisham home resident

Bold Vision Common Growth April 2011

Community Gardening and Cooking in and around New Cross

Did you know there is currently funding for both Gardening Projects and Community Projects available through Lewisham Homes?
‘Lets Get Gardening’ Fund to develop community gardens, food growing areas, hanging baskets, wild flowers etcIts a very simple application all you need is two named Lewisham homes residents on the application to express interest.We would love to see more planting in the New Cross area either for food growing or for wildlife. Could you continue 1000 Sunflowers for New Cross where you live?Deadline Monday 17th February
For further Question call Lewisham Homes Community Involvement: 0208 613 7664see document here.
Community Fund 2014
Got an idea that will improve the community, environment or safety in your area? Apply for a grant of up to £5,000 from the Lewisham Homes
Community Fund 2014.Last year, the Community Fund helped kick-start 16 local projects, ranging from street dance lessons in Sydenham, a business enterprise course for young people, improving the Heston Nature Garden, sporting activities for 8-14 year olds in Deptford to a family and neighbour activity weekend for residents on the Kender Estate.What you need to knowYour project must benefit Lewisham Homes’ residents, and meet one of
the following criteria of:
* Improving the community
* Improving the local environment
* Improving safety in the areaApplications open 3rd March and closing date 14th April
Would you like Grow Wild to deliver workshops? These could be community cooking sessions, pick and preserve workshops or something else!Get in touch with Sarah at Grow Wild if you would like to discuss either of the above growwildlondon@gmail.com
Grow Wild is a community food growing, cooking and sharing project in New Cross and the surrounding areas. Grow Wild is out to make a difference by working in partnership with local organisations to initiate and run community food growing and cooking activities. 
growwildlondon@gmail.comwww.growwild.org.ukwww.facebook.com/growwildlondonGrow Wild |170 New Cross Road | London SE14 5AA | United Kingdom

Community Cooking Activities

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Each week we have a range of free community cooking sessions…find one at a time and place to suit you….

Just bring an apron and a food container to take home any left-overs or samples and you’re ready to cook with us! Details below:

Monday’s 12 – 3pm:

Marmalade Mondays at the Hill Station

By popular demand the Marmalade Mondays have returned to the Hill Station for those who want to join the community during the day to cook up a meal to share.

Run now by volunteers with ingredients supplied by participants and our local community gardens, this community initiative has become a popular staple at the Hill Station Cafe.  Come along and help prepare different recipes each week.

At the Hill Station Cafe, Kitto Road, SE14 5TY

Monday’s 12 – 3:30pm:

Chop & Chat in partnership with JOY

Chopping and chatting to make the homemade soup of the day to share for lunch.  Then join in to prepare other delicious recipes to eat together and take samples home…

This is a free cooking workshop for those who fancy a social get together to talk whilst preparing food.  A mutually, supportive and informal session, where everyone is welcome.  Sessions run until February 10th.

No. 178 Cafe, 178 New Cross Road, SE14 5AA

Tuesday’s 6:30pm – 9:30pm:

Tasty Tuesdays

An evening cooking session for local people; join in to prepare a range of dishes following new and traditional recipes from around the world.  This is a group, led by people from the community with some of the ingredients contributed each week by the participants.

No. 178 Cafe, 178 New Cross Road, SE14 5AA

Any questions let me know.

Thanks
Sarah