Winter 2015 – where we are heading
What’s new on the streets of Tottenham, where our story began November 2011? Fiona Nam took a walk and talked us through what’s changed. Coming soon…
We will also be expanding our reach to work with different marginalised groups – we are particularly concerned that those with dementia, and their carers, don’t get listened to and supported. Check out our twitter on @thinkdementiauk
Meantime 2015 is still looking like hard work when it comes to getting work. How can we help? Well, people these days seem to think ‘everyones a writer’. But we’ll take you beyond blogging in your bedroom. If you contribute stories to Dandelion we can support you through the research and writing.
All the great communication skills you learn should help you get a job – not just in media, but anywhere stringing a sentence together, expressing opinions and showing commitment are valued.
Fact to think about: those who volunteer on community projects really improve their chances of a job. We heard recently 4/5 young people seem to get through a job interview, because of the experience and confidence they gain!
Here’s what we are most proud of in 2014…
Very pleased to have interviewed and photographed some lively and focussed young people from JL Circus in Tottenham. This is part of our ‘Ledley King’ hidden assets project and we are always on the hunt for new groups to profile — is that you?
Where have we come from? Some previous Dandelion highlights
Award worthy Dandelion Volunteer!
Dandelion Project nominated Money Lovedeep Singh for a Team London Volunteer Award this time last year. He was short listed and attended City Hall alongside hundreds of other volunteers from across London.
We first met Money at theYouth Club in Tottenham’s Bruce Grove where he was helping ‘Pastor Alex’ of Highway Project run the ‘teatime club’. He came and did a photography project with us and supported us at various events.
We found out that after three months living on London’s streets and buses he ended up living with 50 others in a Tottenham church. He carried on studying and distributes food to the homeless – as a volunteer, every day, for the past three years!
Through Dandelion Money also became involved in a research project for New Economic Foundation resulting in an article in the Guardian. http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2012/nov/19/breadline-britain-homeless-sleep-church
Tottenham’s regeneration captured on film
Young journalist Fiona has completed her blog documenting the regeneration of North Tottenham. The picture montage below completes the series and shows the new Enterprise Centre 639, which was one of many buildings damaged in the riots.
The O2 ran a ‘Think Big’ competition and awarded Fiona a Nikon 3100 to photograph her area. Not all of the damaged buildings have progressed so well – you can check out Fiona’s other pictures on: http://www.o2thinkbig.co.uk/Projects/Project-Home/?clubId=2195
Or follow her on twitter @JusPictureIt Fiona is now hoping to get involved in the O2′s follow-up ‘Think Bigger’ project.
Out and about in the community
‘Art of Tottenham provides local artists a viable space to exhibit, and build their confidence as artists,’ the director of Rising Generations, Kwame Edwards, recently told Dandelion Project young journalists.
Baykan Malik and Tiana Thompson interviewed Kwame, local artists he is representing, and even the mayor of Haringey, as part of our 2013 Help A Capital Child programme to develop journalism skills.
‘The girls were very shy at first and stuck together,’ says Stephanie Kamin of Team London, which helped organise Kwame’s first exhibition. ‘But they finished the evening in great form, speaking confidently, and separately, to all the gathered guests and artists, collecting their stories.’
Rising Generations helps the youth and encourages artistic expression through its Art of Tottenham project
Because Rising Generations is also committed to encouraging young people, our journalists were in good hands.
‘Rising Generations is a ‘Community Interest’ group that’s been going about a year and delivers events and workshops encouraging young people particularly to aspire,’ Kwame explained to them. ‘I’m concerned about the lack of opportunity locally and because I’ve worked in the corporate sector I understand the importance of having an understanding of business.’ Kwame lived and studied in the Tottenham area.
At the highest profile ’Art of Tottenham’ exhibition, at the opening of the 639 Enterprise Centre, a painting of himself caught Boris Johnson’s eye. (See above.)
Well done to Tiana and Baykan for how they handled these interviews.
Tottenham and Wood Green Journal published versions of two stories from Dandelion!
This was the outcome from Media Trust projects which involved 15 young people in Haringey. We gave them ‘work-related’ writing and photography experience.
Homes for Haringey’s Project 20:20
We have previously worked on a research project with Homes for Haringey, and were pleased to see their new youth club – Off Road – open in 2013 on Northumberland Park estate, east of Haringey borough.
Read the success story of Aaron Blake in our article Young gifted – and finally in work http://dandelionproject.org/pub/?p=2148
When we met Aaron, he was helping us take photographs and conduct interviews into the social needs of North Tottenham residents. He was among a group that presented findings at CITY HALL in October 2012, to counsellors and design
Our early days of 2012 – gone but not forgotten
In 2012 we were lucky to receive a donation from Aaron Biber, veteran barber from Tottenham, and a victim of the riots in August 2011. The ‘Keep Aaron Cutting’ campaign was launched after the 90-year-old’s barber business behind the Pride of Tottenham pub was trashed in the riots last year. Once he’d repaired his shop, he gave the extra money raised to local youth projects like ours.
This interesting local character has now passed away and we salute him for the impact he had on his community. http://www.keepaaroncutting.co.uk/
Pictured with Aaron at his shop is Maleka Carter of ad agency BBH, which organised the campaign; Fiona Nemale, a founding member of Dandelion; Kay Horne, Tottenham’s Business Connector
In 2012 we also received a donation from Haringey Community Circles. Dandelion’s young journalists benefited from £2,000 of proceeds from a 2012 charity calendar sold in Crouch End. Haringey Community Circles was a response to the crisis in the borough after the August 2011 riots.
In our first years Dandelion project has worked with around 75 young people from Haringey – our supporters funding helped.