Bold Vision is ten years old and our website is renewing itself
with more stories and images
We want your stories pictures and videos of our early days developing the Hill Station the Community Garden or New Cross Learning of Friendly Fridays Green – 14 Big Green Day Grow Wild, Art and Performance and more
Feed The Hill is a community response to the Covid-19 emergency. Over three weeks in March 436 people volunteered, 5,500 houses across New Cross Gate and Telegraph Hill were leafleted and £14,000 was raised to distribute food to those made vulnerable by the pandemic. As the emergency accelerates and more people loose income the project is scaling up, extending its reach and offering more support to those in need. £30 buys a box of food and other essentials for a family for a week. Click on the DONATE BUTTON above to access our Just Giving portal. Thank you.
Watch this space for our Tenth Anniversary activities and events!
Anniversary fundraising drive: 50% towards our groups’ project activities, 30% to core costs (arts, admin and publicity) and 20% for a 10th Year Party – in June you are all invited! More info nearer the day. Just hit the ‘Make A Donation’ button
A glimpse at our Project
Transforming a dank cellar into The Hill Station 2010
Library & Learning
Open 10-5 Tuesdays – Saturdays
Open after hibernation in March see Projects pages for more details
Our original idea with the ChangeMakers was to have young adults 18-25 years old. What we quickly discovered though was that would mean girls and boys could not work together. So instead we decided to work with 13-16 year olds. Some of the people we talked to were still sceptical about whether that could work but we decided to give it a go anyway.
In the first session I ran, we had about twice as many boys as girls. They were bigger, more physically noticeable and more demanding of attention. The girls would have been easily overlooked. So although letting each one of the 25 of them have their say and explain what JOY means to them, and let the interpreter explain it to me took a lot of time, it was an important shift. It meant the girls did speak. And they expressed themselves capably and beautifully which gave them more confidence. By the end of our 2 hour session they were sitting a little taller and more assuredly.
The next day as I arrived I started to see people I recognised from that session. And they recognised me. Already things felt a little different to the day before. I had asked the staff to gather 2 smaller groups, still with a 50/50 gender balance of young people, to get started on the baseline research. I explained the idea to them, they practiced on each other and then we set out to interview residents and gather data.
At first my young researchers were very hesitant. It is not easy to knock on doors in any context and this was no exception. The boys were more prepared to just get on with it but I could see how the girls really wanted to run away, how they were wishing they hadn’t signed up for this. I also know from my own experience that this awkwardness is part of the process that has to be gone through to get to the other side. I couldn’t speak directly to them because of the language barrier but could be there for them in the background and loved seeing them grow in stature and confidence as they progressed. By the time they came back the next day to do more they all looked a foot taller and three years older. They were proud of their new skill and I was proud of them.
Interesting to how despite all the terrible reasons why they are there, these girls and other women in the camp may have experiences and develop skills and confidence there that they would never have been able to do in the villages. I’m no expert on the local culture, but that was the sense I got from the experience. Maybe in the long run some good also comes out of the situation in terms of the isolation of the women in their homes.
(for security reasons and for their safety, we can’t post pictures of them here, hence more generic shots)
You can contribute here and help train a researcher or get involved.
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 band
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John (email@example.com) if you want to chat about it
An asteroid is heading for Lewisham… what will you do?!
SMASHfestUK, is a brand new science and arts festival for young people, piloting in Deptford, South East London during the February half term holidays (14th February – 22nd February 2015)
Part scifi, part horror and part post-apocalyptic-nightmare, the festival is themed around a gripping story in which an asteroid is on a collision course with Planet Earth and a zombie invasion ensues. You can follow the story online HERE or by navigating via the links at the bottom of each page. Join in by sending us your own Asteroid Survival Kit list, or sending photos with the #smashfestuk hashtag to @SMASHfestUK on Twitter or Instagram.
Real life visitors will have the chance to plan for Armageddon, whether it’s preparing to go underground at our Survival Supermarket Sweep, singing for your lives at Armageddon Open Mic, simply enjoying your last night on Earth with the End of the World Cabaret, creating a #FRIDGIE for our time capsule; The Peoples’ Ark or taking a trip to the Intergalactic Travel Bureau. For details of all these events, and more, navigate using the EVENTS tab at the bottom of the page or click HERE.