In this video we hear from some of the people we met at the final sharing of You, Me, the World and Tower Hamlets at Richmix in July 2018.

It was enlightening, thought provoking and bonding for locals.

Kirsty Valentine, Organiser of Community Garden, Hackney Wick

The work encouraged people to open up with their neighbours - which inspired new friendships and happier people.

Kelsey Gavit, Sales Manager, Plexal, Hackney Wick

I have a new found love of my neighbourhood.

Audience member, You, Me, The World and Tower Hamlets

Participants, even those who could have been a bit cynical about the project enjoyed sharing their stories and having a platform. People really enjoyed the chance to explore questions which are very straightforward but not asked very often and were asked without any kind of expectation or prejudice. Participants were invited to share their ideas or even just listen. The process was gentle and affirmative and very powerful.

The participants who recognised themselves in the performance were delighted and happy to be heard and have their own words performed on a platform by someone who has valued what they said and faithfully replicated it . This says - you have been heard- your story is valid and is shared and becomes bigger and part of other people's experience.

Others seeing the performance recognised their own community and perhaps heard a simple story about the people who live round here through a different frequency. The project delighted and warmed participants and helped us to recognise our interconnections and our ties to the local area.

Polly Mann, Community Development Worker, Hackney Wick

The story telling had depthanticipation and a real sense of excitement... A client’s comment was that he learnt a lot from the presentations as it was interesting, innovative and gave him a better mind set. He also said that he felt that you did a very good job in enlightening his life and hopefully he will be a better person

Sonia Lynch, Projects Manager, Welcome Centre, Ilford

This performance felt sincere, genuine and the creators had put their heart and soul into discovering the people of Tower Hamlets.

Audience member, You, Me, The World and Tower Hamlets

It was really fantastic to have so many people represented, especially people from elderly and homeless communities

Audience member, You, Me, The World and Tower Hamlets

Participants developed a shared identity with others in the local and world wide community. There was a very liberating and creatively excellent follow up which was entertaining and there was freedom to experiment. 10/10.

Marian Laing, Head of Drama, Ursuline Academy, Ilford   

Participants got a lot out of hearing the other stories in the presentation session. It really got them thinking about things in a different way. They empathised with different groups of people that they previously judged. Some carers related to the stories, for others it changed their perception of Ilford and its people.

Emma Smart, Young Adult Carers Manager, Redbridge Carers Support Service  

.. it sparked inspiration, discussion and thought within the group especially with regard to racism and perception... it was very effective, particularly listening to stories from others outside the group.  It brought up some unexpected discussions.  It was also fascinating to see how dynamics of different groups influence thinking and perception... people didn’t want to leave and the workshop could easily have gone on longer... I would love to work with take stock exchange again.

Nina Simon, Library Service Manager and co-ordinator of Write Next Door , Ilford

Amazing and inspiring - I thought about Wanstead and my life. It was great.

Student, Aldersbrook School, Wanstead

I would recommend take stock exchange to other agencies unreservedly and I would welcome their return.

Mick Parker, Projects Co-ordinator, The Woodbine Centre, Wanstead

The session was effective where the group heard people’s experiences and their journey to Ilford. The group were able to see common ground with what people said and felt. The group collectively discussed what they liked about Ilford. The session did bond the group together.

Asiyah Ally, Volunteer Work Redbridge English Conversation Club, Ilford

"It has made me value other people more..." / "It wasn't like any other workshop, it got every1 up, it was energetic, fun and no one wanted it to stop..." / "I have more confidence now..." / "I realised I do have a creative side " / "Ilford is so much more of an important place than we realise and this workshop showed this to us and everyone around"     

Participants, You, Me, the World and Ilford