Since Here To Islington launched in January 2013, the Here To Photomatic Machine has been forever by our side: at summer festivals, Here To How To information sessions or even on the bus. Choosing to reveal itself as a photo-booth or just a cardboard frame, the Here To Photomatic Machine remains a trusty sidekick.
So when we got the chance to work with young people from The Challenge, we felt it was the right time to extend the family of Here To Photomatic Machines.
Part of the National Citizen Service, The Challenge brings together young people from very different backgrounds and, through a series of challenges, bonds them together and inspires them to take on more active roles in their communities.
A four part programme, Here To Islington is working with one group of young people on their Real Challenge.
In preparation for the Real Challenge, we ran a 90 minute workshop with 11 very energetic and creative young people. This was a chance for them to learn more about Here To and to understand what we do, how we do it and why.
We started with an ice-breaker…
…and then transitioned into a group discussion about volunteering as a concept.
Everyone then had a go on the (now vintage) Here To Photomatic Machine…
…and then we got stuck into the making some new ones.
At the end of the session, each group revealed their new Here To Photomatic Machine to the rest of the group and shared a few details on what inspired their visual direction.
As you can see below, we now have a Here To Photomatic Machine for every occasion!
The Real Challenge is set to take place in September 2013, and we will be taking the Here To Photomatic Machines we made earlier out onto the streets of Islington.
The young people will be thinking of ways to use them as conversation-starters with people, an activity which is designed to get the word out about Here To Islington, but also to build their confidence, leadership and public speaking skills.
We’re looking forward to it!
UPDATE: We have now completed The Real Challenge. Take a look at what happened by clicking here.