Making Change in How We Live, Where We Live, in Light of Climate Change (FOR TWELVE YEARS!)

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

'Signs of Welcome' free, creative, hands-on & local workshops from March to June 2018

In March we started our run of 'Signs of Welcome' creative workshops, and between now and June we're offering more public hands-on events with local project partners. 

In the workshops you'll explore your responses 
to this open question: 
“What would you like to say to welcome people who are new to the community?”
You'll imagine what message you would like to say to refugees, asylum-seekers or others new to the community.
You'll design and create signs to express your message.
You can take them home or loan them to us for exhibition during Refugee Week in June.

The next two events are in the Easter holidays:
Date:  Wednesday 11th April  
Venue: Tartine Artinasal
9 Upper Tooting Road, Tooting Bec, SW17 7TS 
Timings: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Date:  Friday 13th April 
Venue: Home Community Cafe
St Andrew's Earlsfield, Garratt Lane SW18 4SR
Timings: 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm
What to expect: 
  • All welcome to join us for a free, facilitated and fun crafts workshop using re-purposed materials – we’ll provide everything you need 
  • Design and create your own messages of welcome to people new to the community
  • Adults and children will all enjoy the workshop 
  • No need to book
  • We’ve included weekends and afternoons after school to allow children and families to take part together 
  • Take the signs home, or leave them with us for exhibition during Refugee Week in June 2018
  • Workshop run by Transition Town Tooting and CARAS (the Tooting charity serving refugees and asylum-seekers)

Thanks to our local partner the Work and Play Scrapstore in Tooting, the signs will always be made using materials saved from going to waste. 

Write your signs in any language!
Design a message using both sides of your sign!

Many thanks to all the local partners hosting free Signs of Welcome workshops, including:
  • Fridays March 10th & 23rd. The Sound Lounge, Wimbledon
  • Wednesday April 11th. Tartine Artinasal, Tooting Bec
  • Friday April 13th. Home Community Cafe, Earlsfield
  • Friday June 1st. Wandsworth Oasis shop, Amen Corner
  • Saturday June 9th. Paradise Co-operative, Earlsfield
  • Friday June 15th. Sprout Community Arts, Furzedown
We'll share the details of each workshop closer to the time. 

This project is a strand of the 2018 Welcoming Signs partnership between TTT and CARAS and local venues and other supporters. The purpose throughout the year will be to facilitate events which draw refugees & asylum-seekers closer together with the local community.

Monday, 12 March 2018

TTT's new series of practical & participative local 'Carbon Conversations' is running in April and May

Carbon Conversations is back! Our new series of six free meetings in April & May in SW16 - organised by TTT's Ben Cuddon. The six facilitated workshops enable individuals to explore how they can reduce their personal carbon footprints. The meetings bring together small groups of local people to discuss the areas of our lives where we can reduce our own carbon emissions: travel, food, domestic energy, consumption and waste.

A quote from a past participant: "The beauty of Carbon Conversations is the optimism, creativity and shared ideas"

During the six weekly sessions you'll discuss in a supportive atmosphere all the practicalities of making your own 'low-carbon lifestyle' changes. Making these changes is never one size fits all. 

Exploring your own situation, start point and preferences is so valuable and makes the series personal and practical. 
The meetings are well structured with a mix of games, activities and exercises.

Click here for the flyer and see below for summary details:
Venue: in SW16 near Streatham Common Station 
Timings: all meetings run from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm 
Dates: six Thursdays from April 19th to May 24th, one a week
Free: there is no fee to take part. The only cost is currently £14 for the workbook and learning materials, which TTT charges at cost. Sessions are led for free by TTT's trained Carbon Conversations facilitators. 

TTT has run over 10 series of Carbon Conversations since 2011. 
On average participants are able to identfy how to reduce their own carbon footprints by a third - by over 4 tonnes of carbon.
Wait a minute! 
What does 'four tonnes of carbon' mean? 
You may already be worried about shorthand & jargon. The way we facilitate the meetings means that you do not need to be an expert
Although it's a complex subject, we guarantee that by the end of the sessions you will learn useful new language and concepts and understand the practical elements of household carbon reduction.

This is a great place to start if you want to reduce your carbon footprint, meet some friendly and like-minded people and explore the topic as it affects you, rather than being lectured at!

As a participant said: 
"At the last session I don't think anybody wanted to leave!"

 Join us to find out how to reduce heat loss from your home! 

Friday, 9 March 2018

Visit to Ecobuild 2018

Ecobuild was on this week at London's ExCel and as usual showcased the latest developments in sustainable approaches to the built environment. As well as the stands for the latest in high performance building materials, renewable energy sources and innovative design, a few more specifically environmental issues were also represented from WWF and the Woodland Trust to Airlite pollution neutralising paint, UN Sustainable Develpoment goals & Population Matters.
Man's impact on the Planet (Population Matters)
Particularly enjoyed this graphic sculpture of human impact and a thought provoking seminar with architect Dr Walter Stahel (see on the Circular Economy. Stahel promotes a different way of thinking about resources that incorporates all the costs from cradle to cradle with re-use and recyclability embedded in building and product development from the start. He thinks of human labour as the "ultimate sustainable resource" which can replace mechanised energy consumption to reduce the human resource footprint. "We should design objects that don't end up as plastic waste on a beach in Hawaii". I think we could all agree with that. 
Meanwhile locally Adam David Ge-Saelis creates buildings, furniture, lighting and interiors using a minimum of 95% recycled waste. He helped create Ecobuild's Waste Zone this year and will be showcasing some of his work to the public in Brixton in April.  
Adam has a lot of great ideas and has made some impressive structures with re-used materials. See for more details.

Monday, 5 March 2018

Funding awarded for 2018 'Welcoming Signs' partnership with CARAS. Plus: new creative community workshops running March-May.

We're planning the fourth year of TTT's partnership with CARAS the Tooting charity working with refugee and asylum-seekers. 
We're thrilled that the partnership has been awarded funding for 2018 from Team London and Thrive LDN's ‘Young London Inspired’ fund: "improving the lives and mental health of young Londoners by helping them to volunteer".

So, in 2018 one of our main focus areas will be enabling young people from CARAS to volunteer in the community. That means working with young people to imagine and design what they could contribute locally and what benefit that would have, as well as carrying out the voluntary time.

The whole 2018 young people's partnership is called 'Welcoming Signs'. Many elements of our CARAS project involved community benefit and relationships in the past: for example these pallet-benches made with the CARAS Youth Club with welcoming invitations written in many languages had starring roles at TTT's Tooting Twirl in July 2017:


We're fortunate and grateful that several local partner organisations in Tootings have been 'reaching in' to CARAS, seeking and offering voluntary projects. 
We'll share more very soon on the range of activities we're exploring. 

Plus we'll continue to work through 2018 with other age groups served by CARAS: families, the women's group, adults.

The first community events with young people from CARAS included as contributors are starting in the next few weeks: on March 16th and 23rd we're facilitating Signs of Welcome workshops across the border in Wimbledon, at The Sound Lounge pop-up venue. 
It's the same event run two times. 
Six other local venues have agreed to offer more Signs of Welcome sessions between March and May as project partners. 
The materials from the 'Signs' will always be re-purposed, saved from going to waste. Thanks to another partner, the Work and Play Scrapstore in Tooting for your support!

The details: Signs of Welcome creative workshops this March

“What would you like to say to welcome people who are new to the community?”

Dates: Friday 16th March & Friday 23rd March
Venue: The Sound Lounge, 8 The Broadway, Wimbledon SW19 1RE
Timings: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
What to expect: (download the flier here)

o   All welcome to join us for a free, facilitated and fun crafts workshop using re-purposed materials – we’ll provide everything you need

o   Create your own messages of welcome to people new to the community. You can write in any language!

o   Take the signs home, or leave them with us for exhibition during Refugee Week in June 2018

o   Adults and children will all enjoy the workshop

o   We’ve chosen afternoons after school to allow children and families to take part together

Tooting friends are welcome to come over to Wimbledon to enjoy the first workshops and the familiar faces at The Sound Lounge.

Please contact Charles by email here if you have any queries. Up-to-date news on the workshops will be on TTT's facebook page & shared by twitter.