Last time we met we discussed several great projects. See the post of that meeting for more info.
Now I am about to revisit the camp in order to:
- Gather follow up evaluation data based on the 5 factors of well-being used in New Cross Connected Communities research so that I can write up the work and we can seek further funding
- Get permissions from those people in the video so we can use it more widely
- Progress the first two of the projects below that we feel is most ready for implementation
I really hope you can come along and share ideas, contribute new thoughts, bring this alive!
Bilingual Youth: 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. Leader: Soile
Knitting / Craft circles: 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. Leader: Kitty
Music with children: 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. Leader: Byron?
‘Barn-raising’: 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. Leader: tbc but Anshu will kick off
Peace Rocks: have peace rock dipping events during Feb for display during festival. Leader: Catherine
Come on down (well probably up) to the Hill Station on Tues Oct 13, 7-9pm and lets put our heads and hearts together to plan some refugee camp twinning projects.
I hope to be going back at the end of the month so will be great to have developed some ideas by then. Come and get involved, I’d love to hear what you want to do and how we can make it happen.
Topics suggested so far for Thursday 19 May Conversation Kitchen (7-9pm in the Hill Station) are
- Time credit project in New Cross / Telegraph Hill (see here for more detail)
- Conservation and progress in Telegraph Hill
- twinning with Telegraph Hill in San Francisco
- your home’s microclimate (some of the Goldsmiths Design Research team hope to join re their Legible Landscapes project)
- your topic. Which is….??
Please bring some food or drink to share
Following our recent Conversation Soup event, the group felt it was a good idea to pursue the idea of regular neighbourly conversations. These will take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month 7-9pm in the Hill Station cafe.
What is the Conversation Kitchen?
The aim is to create an informal space for us to meet our neighbours and discuss a variety of topics. You are invited to propose topics in advance (via the website) and we also encourage ad-hoc conversation during the evening. We envisage several different conversations taking place at different tables. Participants free to join one / move around / start their own.
Who will be at the Conversation Kitchen?
This will work best if a wide variety of people are involved. Not everyone has the confidence to go to an event on their own, so if you’re planning to come along, maybe there’s somebody you could pick up on the way? An elderly neighbour? A young person (minimum age 18)? Somebody who has just moved into the area. Take the plunge and make the first move, you could be doing them a big favour.
What will happen?
- Timing: the event will run from 7pm to 9pm. Don’t worry if you can’t make the whole time, just come along when you can.
- Food and drink: please bring what you can to share. Together we should have plenty of food to go round.
- Topics. This is a co-creation event. We are not in charge, we are just convening. So do please comment below on what topics you would like to discuss.
- Questions. If you have any questions or suggestions at all about the event, do please contact Bill on firstname.lastname@example.org or Catherine on email@example.com