Ever since we announced the Play in the Day opportunities on Team London, in boxes are full and telephones are ringing at the Here To office. It’s great, we cannot wait for our show date on January 31st.
So far, we have recruited our creative team that consists of a director, Dan Pollendine, a theatre producer, Jonathan Samuels, support arts practitioner, Jo Tyabji and make up and set enthusiast, Fiona Mountstephen; recruited some of our actors, of which we still need more (sign up here) and have had our first pre- play workshop.
The pre-play workshop on the 6th December happened at Lift, Islington. Eight amazing people came along to get to know each other, learn more about acting and engage in training activities that helped them be more confident and comfortable on stage.
If you are interested in joining the team for the next pre- show workshop and the final performance read more information on our website.
Here are some pics from the fun day we had:
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Renowned youth theatre director and founder of Big Intent Theatre Company, Daniel Pollendine, will devise and direct the play with enthusiastic Islington residents.We have got an amazing team of creatives on our side including theatre production manager Jonathan Samuels, make up and set enthusiast Fiona Mounstephen and support arts practitioner Jo Tyabji. Thanks to Kasia Dybek we also have a fabulous poster to market the play with.
In the beginning of November, Team London awarded Here To £10,000 to deliver a play in a day for Islington residents, starring Islington residents and to continue with our successful Postcode Pop Ups.
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Here we are, still popping up around the borough this time of the year with wellie boots on and leaves piling up around us- it’s autumn and what a beautiful one at that!
Recently, we did more random acts of kindness with 50 young from NCS The Challenge: Together with Age UK Islington, who have send us some of their best knitters to teach the young people knit, we made lots tiny hats for the innocent smoothie campaign.
The other groups of young people helped us make nice ‘Thank you cards’ for staff of Whittington Hospital. All together we made 62 funny and amazingly designed cards to take to staff who really loved them!
Last weekend we went along to Gilespie Park to celebrate Apple Day with Islington Ecology Centre. We made 41 bird feeders with Islington residents that will be hung up mostly around Gilespie Park and close Primary School around Arsenal.
It is so easy to make them:
We used lots of plastic cups or cut open bottles with holes on the bottom and a string put through the middle. Mixed vegetable fat like TREX with mixed seeds, pressed it down into the cup and let it dry overnight. The next morning you should be able to take it out of the cup and hang it up in the trees.
Last but not least, we have something big to announce….Team London awarded us £10.000 to deliver a play in a day for Islington residents and to do more Postcode Pop Ups around the borough.
To make the play in the day successful, Daniel Palladine, renowned youth theatre director and founder of Big Intent Theatre Company will direct the play. We have got an amazing team of creatives on our side including theatre production manager Jonathan Samuels, make up and set enthusiast Fiona Mounstephen and Youth coordinator Jo Tyabji.
So now that we have our creative team confirmed and all we need now are young people that want to perform. We are ideally looking for around 14-16 young people between the ages of 13-25years old from Islington, that don’t necessarily have no prior acting experience but want to take part in an exciting one day rehearsed play, that they will perform to a welcoming audience of friends and family, elderly people from a befriending network and Islington residents.
So keep an eye out for posters and recruitment adverts on the Here To website and other sites like Team London and Vinspired.
Also have an eye on out Twitter to see where we will be popping up next for fun mirco- volunteering opportunities that you can get involves, no matter your age.
Although the summer seems to be over, we are still going along to Islington’s summer parties:
Last Saturday, we went along to Caxton House, a community centre not far away from Archway station. There were lots of nice things to eat and cool things to see. The ever popular smoothie bike had a queue that never ended- we are sad to say that we didn’t get a smoothie. Luckily, we had the chance to try the fantastic food that was on offer ranging from burgers to very healthy wraps.
Right in front of our stall, was a little stage- we had been wondering what was going to happen there later, and much to our surprise, it were some little wild creatures like snakes, spiders and other reptiles we wouldn’t ever dare to touch!
Safe in our little corner, we designed and made cards for birthday boys and girls in a befriending network called Hospitality Action. A befriending network for people that have retired or are facing some life difficulties while working in the hospitality sector. Our birthday cards are designed for people aged 70, 75, 80, 85, 90, 95 and 100 years old. The Wellcome Trust also helped us design and make cards in their lunch break on two Wednesdays.
In the next weeks, we will be going along to the Cally Fest with creative ideas on how to get you volunteering, we will also make some cards, but will also have some other creative activities on offer. Akasha Innovations, a sustainable business company is coming along to help us.
Akasha Innovations are in the middle of the biggest challenge ever- 50 days of summer, which essentially is one big fundraising party. As part of their fundraising challenge, they are organising lots of interesting events around London- we made friendship bracelets with them, they enlightened guests at a brainy brunch and stunned us with their glitter skills during Hub Islington’s lunch hours while making cards.
Leading us in to the autumn, is Gillespie Park’s Eco centre: On the 19th September, we will be going along to their Apple Day. A day dedicated to the juicy harvest that if you eat one once a day, it’ll definitely keep the doctor away. The day will include a lot of games and information about apple harvest, teach us one or two great recipes on what to do with apples and hopefully will also eat lots of them.
Have a look for the #5in5 opportunities we are sending out every Friday to remind you of what kind of micro volunteering opportunities are on offer and also where in Islington you can find us popping up next.
Summer’s here and we’ve been out and about in Islington with a bit of Community Card Making.
Firstly we celebrating Islington Giving Week with a ‘Time to Give’ event at the Kindness Offensive free book shop. Check out a video of the event here. We really enjoyed collaborating with other Islington projects to demo live micro volunteering. People came along and made cards for random acts of kindness, as well as had a go at some lace making with Age UK Islington, smoothie making with Foodcycle and the tweet and bounce challenge with the Saturday Night Out.
On the 12th of July Here To popped up at the Manor Gardens Summer Fair. The sun was shining and loads of people got involved in creating birthday cards for the members of the Friendship Network. It was lovely to see some many families getting involved in bite-size volunteering!
The Here To on tour event would not be the same without a bit of magic from our wizards. A big thanks goes to Joanna Massie for spending a couple of hours getting creative at the fair with the community cardmaking. We’ve got lots more events planned so check out how you can become a wizard here.
Next we’ll be at the Whitecross Street Party on Saturday 19th of July and several more events are in the pipeline over the summer.
We are constantly updating our website so keep an eye out, or let us know of what you’d like to see more of!
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Islington giving week takes place between 9th and 15th of June with a series of events to show how anyone can become involved in the local community.
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We’re gearing up for summer in Islington and plan to get involved in some of Islington’s fabulous community events. We would love you to join us! Click here for more info!
Keep your eyes peeled on the Here To website, new opportunities are being added all the time. Can’t find what you want, use our ‘Match me to an opportunity’ service to find your perfect opportunity!
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Saturday 15 March 2014 was the first ever Microvolunteering Day, a chance for volunteer-involving organisations and people to join together to demonstrate the power and potential of the micovolunteering concept.
Microvolunteering is defined by the Institute of Volunteering Research as ‘bite-sized volunteering with no commitment to repeat and with minimum formality, involving short and specific actions that are quick to start and complete’.
So basically, small, fun and flexible ways for people to help out quickly and easily – the sort that we’re really keen on here at Here To!
Led by Help from Home and other partner organisations including Here To, Microvolunteering Day invited individuals to complete micro-tasks in as little as 10 minutes, and advice and resources were made available to help charities and community projects to embrace the idea.
How we celebrated #MicroDay
As well as telling the Here To community about Microvolunteering Day through newsletters and on our social media channels, we also held our own ‘microvolunteering party’ as part of Tollington Community Open Day held at Islington Arts and Media School (IAMS).
17 pupils from the school volunteered a couple of hours to help the Tollington Ward Partnership (who were running the event) to find out more about what people thought of living in the area through a questionnaire.
In just 4 hours, the group of young people got 149 responses from guests, which equates to 69 hours of microvolunteering in total!
A big well done to the Year 11 pupils at IAMS who made this possible and all those involved in organising Tollington Community Open Day.
The findings from the survey will be used to help Councillors in the area and the Tollington Ward Partnership in their future decision-making.
Until next year!
If you’re interested in taking part in microvolunteering, visit the Here To website and sign up to something that takes your fancy.
If you’re interested in adopting the approach in your organisation, please get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re Here To help and have run training on microvolunteering for volunteer-involving charities.
We’re Here To share some good news: the Here To Islington team is expanding!
After a busy but amazing summer, we’ve decided to create a new role to support our core mission of making volunteering easier and more exciting for everyone involved: a Community Development Co-ordinator.
Despite being less than a year old, Here To has evolved quite a bit over the last 6 months. We’ve come up with lots of new ideas based on our action learning, and we’ve got big ambitions for the future. We’re Here To find a new person to join our team so we can work together to undertake new activities. Specifically, we are looking to build our own income streams that make us less reliant on grant funding, and also to target what we offer by creating mini-projects under a more general Here To umbrella.
This is a really exciting time to join the Here To team and there is scope to have a significant impact on the future direction of the project.
Are you a highly motivated person? Do you enjoy organising new, fun filled events? Is research and impact assessment your thing? Do you know a thing or two about working in the voluntary sector? Are you a master at communicating with everyone and anyone? If ‘yes’, we can’t wait to hear from you!
Deadline: Monday 2 December, 9am
p.s. You may have noticed that this blog has changed since you last looked at it. You’re not going mad: we were originally looking for 2 part-time team members. However, we decided to combine the 2 roles into a single full time post in response to feedback from potential applicants and to build in a bit more security into the position (considering it is also offered on a contract basis for 6 months). Thanks for bearing with us if you’ve been affected by this change.