Projects

Very exciting, fun and a real sense of achievement.
Linda Yu
My streets Project 2013

This event renewed my faith in humanity!
Andrew
Finsbury Arts Festival 2012
Friends of the Earth 'Power Up' event

Delivering community based projects that promote our core values:

  • Opportunity
  • Equality
  • Diversity

Our team has the skills and experience to engage in the areas and communities that are most in need. We make sure that projects enthuse and empower community members and always seek to work with local leaders and residents.

Methodology

We learn from people on the ground first and then work up from there to develop community engagement that has real social benefits and leaves a permanent legacy.


Present & Past Projects

2016-2018 Help on Your Doorstep

Help on Your Doorstep aims to the improve health and wellbeing of people in Islington, especially those who are vulnerable and isolated. The orgainsation does this by visiting local estates each week and asking residents 'on their doorstep' what issues they face.

HOYD

Talk Action worked alongside staff to deliver:

2015 - 2017 Big Local Community Project

Talk Action has partnered with the Local Trust to deliver training to 150 partnership groups across England as part of their Big Local project.

The groups have been given £1 million each of Lottery money to deliver community projects over the next 10 years. Click here for the full list of Big Local Training Events

Big Local

2014 - 2017 Community Development - 'My Streets' Event Management Training

MS 2013
Super proud 'My Streets' participants with their certificates!
My streets Participants
Talk Action has just completed a series of workshops training local unemployed residents in events management, culminating in 5 fantastic community events in Islington. The main focus of the project was to improve the lives of the most vulnerable ‘hard-to-reach’ community members by increasing their confidence, providing them with new skills, and inspiring them to create positive change within their communities. The project is in partnership with St.Luke’s Community Centre with funding from the Big Lottery.

'The Course is wonderful!'
'Very satisfying, rewarding and a great sense of achievement.'
'Thank you so much - learnt loads and my confidence has definitely gone up.'

We piloted the project in 2011-12 and participants delivered this amazing festival with over 1000 people!:

Training Topics
Event planning
Working in Groups
Active Listening
Positive body language
dealing with conflict
Budgeting
Marketing and design
Funding, sponsors, freebies
Licensing - Health & safety/Risk Assessment/Safety Management
Management on Day & site management (plus Stewards, volunteers & Security)

In 2015 we worked with 10 local residents in North London to deliver a community arts festival - www.fizzfest.co.uk.

Participants get the opportunity to develop new skills and experience the creation of a large scale event over several months. The volunteers do everything from marketing, stage managing, running art workshops to developing the creative content of the festival.

The event is almost entirely programmed with local musicians, artists, poets, and dancers. If you'd like to perform or have a stall at the event please do get touch.

FizzFest 2015

Engaging Diverse Communities (University of the Arts) 2012

Talk Action worked with 30 Student Halls Social Reps on event management skills and to help them engage with marginalised student residents. The Reps developed their own social activities that looked at inclusiveness regarding accessibility, race, religion, cultural and ethnic diversity, gender and sexuality. Participants also set-out plans to work with local residents, community groups and charities to improve relationships with students living within the community.

Community Performance stage at The Havering Show 2012

The show attracts over 40,000 people over the bank holiday weekend and Talk Action gives local amateur and young performers the opportunity to perform at a major London festival. The project also brought local youth classical music students together to perform with members of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Community Development - Finsbury Arts Festival & Event Management Training (2011-12)

In 2011/2012 Talk Action ran a series of workshops training young people and community members in events management, culminating in the Finsbury arts and music festival in Islington. The main focus of the project was to improve the lives of the most vulnerable ‘hard-to-reach’ young people and community members by increasing their confidence, providing them with new skills, and inspiring them to create positive change within their communities. The project was in partnership with St.Luke’s Community Centre steering group (25 people of mixed age, race and ethnicity), with funding from Awards for All.

You can see films of the workshops and event itself at www.finartsfest.org.uk

Training Topics
Event planning
Budgeting (plus set design)
Marketing and design
Funding, sponsors, freebies
Licensing - Health & safety/Risk Assessment/Safety Management
Film making
Management on Day & site management (plus Stewards, volunteers & Security)

Friends of the Earth 'Power Up' (2010 & 2011)

Talk Action worked with Friends of the Earth on their ‘Power Up’ events in 2010 & 2011. This residential training weekend increased the legal capacity of local residents to influence decisions affecting their communities.

Defra ‘Climate Challenge’ project (2009)

We ran a project to train young people to communicate climate change at Respect and Rise Festivals to over 70,000 people!
Participants learnt communication techniques and developed their very own ideas that were put in to practice at the outdoor events. Their activities included a hydrogen powered cinema; video booth that filmed people dancing in 'I'm hot enough - cool the climate' t-shirts and footage was then shown on the main stage screens; Climate Medics to give advice; a giant mural and various costumes and quizzes.



There is no such thing as a neutral education process. Education either functions as an instrument which is used to facilitate the integration of generations into the logic of the present system and bring about conformity to it, or it becomes the ‘practice of freedom’, the means by which men and women deal critically with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.

Jane L. Thompson, drawing on Paulo Freire


Strategy and community development associates:

 
New Economics Foundation
NEF- Economics as if people and the planet mattered

Community Environment Associates
CEA logo

Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts
21st century enlightenment