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Our journey since August 2011… 

Our journalism project is over but the stories remain as a snapshot of what the young people of North London cared about between 2011 and 2015.

From serious problems of being homeless in 21st Century Britain, bullied, or an ex convict, to graffiti, life under the Hijab, community allotments and much more… the words and pictures are all the work of young Londoners.

Our project was prompted by their need for a voice, when the mainstream media was showing little respect following the social unrest in summer 2011. Each year brought new supporters and commissions and it’s great to know most of our ‘journalists’ have gone on to university and jobs.

Here are our highlights: 

Tottenham’s regeneration captured on film

Fiona was 14 when she came to our first editorial meeting and the project we’d set up in response to the negativity around the London riots of August 2011.

She later completed a 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.

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One of the final photos in Fiona Namale’s Think Big photo blog for O2

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:

Or follow her on twitter @JusPictureIt . Fiona subsequently got involved in the O2′s follow-up ‘Think Bigger’ project.

She was also interviewed by urban developers Arup re the improvements she’s noted since that August night when she watched Carpet Right go up in flames from the window of her flat. 

Here’s what we were most proud of in 2014…

Circus Skills!

Very pleased to have interviewed and photographed some lively and focussed young people from JL Circus in Tottenham. This was part of our ‘Ledley King’ hidden assets project.  

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  in late 2013. 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. 
Mone helping out at a Dandelion event

Money helping out at a Dandelion event

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! 
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Through Dandelion Money also became involved in a research project for New Economic Foundation resulting in an article in the Guardian.

Major Boris Johnson

Mayor Boris Johnson was ‘bombarded with lots of wonderful things’ when he cycled up to Tottenham to open the new Enterprise Zone, including this artist’s impression

The opening of Tottenham’s 639 Enterprise Zone – our journalists reported the event and met Boris Johnson 

Baykan Malik and Tiana Thompson from Northumberland Park School interviewed Kwame Edwards, director of Rising Generations,  local artists he represented, and even the London mayor as part of our 2013 Help A Capital Child programme to develop journalism skills.
‘The girls were very shy at first and stuck together,’ said Stephanie Kamin of Team London after the opening of Tottenham’s enterprise zone, 639. ‘But they finished the evening in great form, speaking confidently, and separately, to all the gathered guests and artists, collecting their stories.’

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, including interviewing Tottenham residents and reporting on various community projects.

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

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
consultants, Arup. Over 30 young people were involved in the research stage and a group of seven then took their views to City Hall. Later the Dandelion Project was named in the It Took Another Riot report as a positive venture for Tottenham.

Our early days of 2012 – gone but not forgotten

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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.

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.


Dandelion project has worked with around 75 young people from Haringey – our supporters funding helped. 



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