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

 

Boxing Day Sharing Lunch Dec 26

As in previous years, we will be holding a relaxed sharing lunch on Boxing Day in the Hill Station.

All welcome, especially if you would like a bit of company over Christmas.

Very informal. Just come along, bring food or drink (not just coca cola, whatever you like!)  if you have something.

And don’t worry if you can’t. We’d like to see you anyway.

This year, in conjunction with Grow WIld

Mazimas feast Fri Nov 23rd

Mazimas is a great concept – a roaming restaurant to showcase the culinary talents and cultural heritages of immigrant women in London. Enjoy the fruits of their labours at their inaugural event at the Hill Station on Fri Nov 23.

Click here to book

Food Mixer now available!

Bold Vision is proud to announce the arrival of Mixer number 3 – this time it’s the Food Mixer.

Inspired by the launch of the Grow Wild project based in and around News Cross and Telegraph Hill this edition collects together contributions from artists, writers, chefs and cultivators all connected by the area’s market garden history. Every copy includes free litmus paper for finding out what kind of soil you have (post results here), and a voucher to exchange for a free clove of garlic to grow. You can pick up your copy from

  • Green Shoots, Besson Street, SE14 5SE;
  • Hill Station, Kitto Rd, SE14 5SG;
  • Telegraph Hill Centre office, Kitto Rd, SE14 5TY;
  • Common Growth garden, Sandbourne Rd SE4 2NS and
  • New Cross Learning, New Cross Rd, SE14 6AS
  • Generations Playclub (1 o’clock club), Telegraph Hill Park
  • New Cross Health Centre, Goodwood Rd
  • Charity Shop NX Rd
  • Hair & Beauty Studio, NX Rd
  • Cafe Crema, NX Rd
  • Allotment Shop NX Rd
  • Madison Express NX Rd
  • Goldsmiths Student Union
  • Goldsmiths main building
  • Goldsmiths new building
  • The Waldron Centre, Stanley St
  • The London Particular cafe, NX Rd

Or look out for the Food Mixer in local coffee shops and other outlets. If you would like a copy but aren’t able to visit to pick one up, let us know at boldvisionmail@gmail.com or phone 07812 638301 and we will try to get one to you. Happy reading, planting, growing and eating!

Telegraph Hill Super Saturday

This Saturday is Telegraph Hill’s “Come and See “day when everybody is welcome to pop in on their local community centre / garden and see what’s on offer. No need to be shy, you’ll be welcome. Most venues offer free refreshments and a range of activities. Feel free to visit just one or do the rounds.

  • Somerville Adventure Playground (12-5pm): bouncy castle, creative artworks, adventure play. Free BBQ at 2pm
  • Oak Youth Club (50 Turnham Rd, 12.30-5pm): Honor Oak Olympics including face painting, sports, Zumba, benefits advice, bouncy castle, massage, refreshments
  • Barnes Wallis (54 Wild Goose Drive, 11.30-4pm): free face painting, benefit advice, health check, refreshments
  • Telegraph Hill Centre (12.30-4pm): Reflexology, head massage, table tennis, free cafe,
  • Green Shoots (Besson St, 12-4): craft market, bee keeping, cushion making, home made cakes, Grow Wild info
  • Common Growth Community Garden (Sandbourne Rd, 12-5pm): gardening, drinks, Grow Wild info

New X-ING Relay Call for performers

New X-ING Relay will run from Sep 21st to Oct 6th

This is a community performance opportunity and is based on Lewisham Way just outside the Goldsmiths Library. There is a mini Street Stage and Artmongers are now accepting entries for the performance program. Contact artmongers.studio@gmail.com if you would like to join in. Singers, musicians, poets, social commentators, storytellers, jugglers, acrobats, dancers… if you can do it in public on 4 square metres of stage you’re welcome to apply. More info at http://newxing.wordpress.com/. Volunteers also needed for the flashmob event on Sep 29th.

A small amount of money is available for costs you might incur (eg costumes, props).