Introduce Amina and Chrystal to the kids from North Woolwich and Silvertown, bring in a donated piano and the extraordinary skills of self-taught classical pianist Hilton and this, my friends, is what you get: Newham State of Mind!  Please spread this video far and wide - it’s Olympic-sized inspiration!

This is what happened when the piano arrived. It was badly out of tune but you get an idea of what this young man was capable of. The kids in the community turned the inspiration into something wonderful with the help of Amina Gichinga (a music coach). The video of what happened next day should be ready in a couple of weeks.
Press Release For Immediate release


Local Legacy ‘Games’ begin in Olympic Borough of Newham
Royal Docks Community Hub Transformed
Spontaneous block party
Take what you learned to your lives. 
A community centre in Newham’s deprived Royal Docks was completely transformed this weekend as part of a community development initiative launched by The Momentum Project [1] leading to an impromptu block party for local people.The Asta Community Hub in Silvertown became the surprise launch pad for the ‘Oasis Game’ an innovative community development project developed in the favelas of Sao Paolo, Brazil [2]The hub received a dynamic face-lift over two days when the group and residents came together to play the Oasis Game. The Oasis Game invites local residents to realise their dreams for their community. Through play, it pulls many different groups into joint action - from residents to community groups to business – and it encourages everyone to bring their most unique and valuable talents to a project over a two-day period. [3] Tate & Lyle and B & Q made contributions and the game was also supported by Global cosmetics company, Lush.Tracy, community links manager for Silvertown said, “It’s said there’s no community cohesion round here. But when this began, word got around. People who never even knew the community centre was here, brought along their friends. We had people arriving from outside the area. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces made me so proud. I’ve been going round thanking everyone.”Saci Lloyd, co-founder of the Momentum Project, said, “I’m not surprised by what happened this weekend. Newham is a very exciting place to be right now: the Olympics, the new green enterprise zone, it’s the youngest, most vibrant and fastest-growing borough in London. But I’ve never felt such a buzz. This weekend it felt like it’s finally waking up. It’s the real Olympic legacy.”    Mick, local resident, 91, said, “It reminded me of when the docks was a real community. I’m speechless.”The Momentum Project plans to roll out the ‘Game’ across Royal Docks and Newham.ENDSSaci Lloyd 07903 890701Tracy Asta Hub Manager 07584 212393 Photos courtesy of Alessandro Stellari and can be freely used. Further photos available at info@momentumproject.co.uk[1] Momentum Project Websites http://www.momentumproject.org.uk/ http://momentumproject.tumblr.com/[2] The Asta Hub http://www.community-links.org/local-services/asta/[3] Brazil Oasis Game http://institutoelos.org/en/teste/ Press Release For Immediate release


Local Legacy ‘Games’ begin in Olympic Borough of Newham
Royal Docks Community Hub Transformed
Spontaneous block party
Take what you learned to your lives. 
A community centre in Newham’s deprived Royal Docks was completely transformed this weekend as part of a community development initiative launched by The Momentum Project [1] leading to an impromptu block party for local people.The Asta Community Hub in Silvertown became the surprise launch pad for the ‘Oasis Game’ an innovative community development project developed in the favelas of Sao Paolo, Brazil [2]The hub received a dynamic face-lift over two days when the group and residents came together to play the Oasis Game. The Oasis Game invites local residents to realise their dreams for their community. Through play, it pulls many different groups into joint action - from residents to community groups to business – and it encourages everyone to bring their most unique and valuable talents to a project over a two-day period. [3] Tate & Lyle and B & Q made contributions and the game was also supported by Global cosmetics company, Lush.Tracy, community links manager for Silvertown said, “It’s said there’s no community cohesion round here. But when this began, word got around. People who never even knew the community centre was here, brought along their friends. We had people arriving from outside the area. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces made me so proud. I’ve been going round thanking everyone.”Saci Lloyd, co-founder of the Momentum Project, said, “I’m not surprised by what happened this weekend. Newham is a very exciting place to be right now: the Olympics, the new green enterprise zone, it’s the youngest, most vibrant and fastest-growing borough in London. But I’ve never felt such a buzz. This weekend it felt like it’s finally waking up. It’s the real Olympic legacy.”    Mick, local resident, 91, said, “It reminded me of when the docks was a real community. I’m speechless.”The Momentum Project plans to roll out the ‘Game’ across Royal Docks and Newham.ENDSSaci Lloyd 07903 890701Tracy Asta Hub Manager 07584 212393 Photos courtesy of Alessandro Stellari and can be freely used. Further photos available at info@momentumproject.co.uk[1] Momentum Project Websites http://www.momentumproject.org.uk/ http://momentumproject.tumblr.com/[2] The Asta Hub http://www.community-links.org/local-services/asta/[3] Brazil Oasis Game http://institutoelos.org/en/teste/ Press Release For Immediate release


Local Legacy ‘Games’ begin in Olympic Borough of Newham
Royal Docks Community Hub Transformed
Spontaneous block party
Take what you learned to your lives. 
A community centre in Newham’s deprived Royal Docks was completely transformed this weekend as part of a community development initiative launched by The Momentum Project [1] leading to an impromptu block party for local people.The Asta Community Hub in Silvertown became the surprise launch pad for the ‘Oasis Game’ an innovative community development project developed in the favelas of Sao Paolo, Brazil [2]The hub received a dynamic face-lift over two days when the group and residents came together to play the Oasis Game. The Oasis Game invites local residents to realise their dreams for their community. Through play, it pulls many different groups into joint action - from residents to community groups to business – and it encourages everyone to bring their most unique and valuable talents to a project over a two-day period. [3] Tate & Lyle and B & Q made contributions and the game was also supported by Global cosmetics company, Lush.Tracy, community links manager for Silvertown said, “It’s said there’s no community cohesion round here. But when this began, word got around. People who never even knew the community centre was here, brought along their friends. We had people arriving from outside the area. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces made me so proud. I’ve been going round thanking everyone.”Saci Lloyd, co-founder of the Momentum Project, said, “I’m not surprised by what happened this weekend. Newham is a very exciting place to be right now: the Olympics, the new green enterprise zone, it’s the youngest, most vibrant and fastest-growing borough in London. But I’ve never felt such a buzz. This weekend it felt like it’s finally waking up. It’s the real Olympic legacy.”    Mick, local resident, 91, said, “It reminded me of when the docks was a real community. I’m speechless.”The Momentum Project plans to roll out the ‘Game’ across Royal Docks and Newham.ENDSSaci Lloyd 07903 890701Tracy Asta Hub Manager 07584 212393 Photos courtesy of Alessandro Stellari and can be freely used. Further photos available at info@momentumproject.co.uk[1] Momentum Project Websites http://www.momentumproject.org.uk/ http://momentumproject.tumblr.com/[2] The Asta Hub http://www.community-links.org/local-services/asta/[3] Brazil Oasis Game http://institutoelos.org/en/teste/

Press Release 

For Immediate release



Local Legacy ‘Games’ begin in Olympic Borough of Newham

  • Royal Docks Community Hub Transformed
  • Spontaneous block party
  • Take what you learned to your lives. 



A community centre in Newham’s deprived Royal Docks was completely transformed this weekend as part of a community development initiative launched by The Momentum Project [1] leading to an impromptu block party for local people.

The Asta Community Hub in Silvertown became the surprise launch pad for the ‘Oasis Game’ an innovative community development project developed in the favelas of Sao Paolo, Brazil [2]

The hub received a dynamic face-lift over two days when the group and residents came together to play the Oasis Game.

The Oasis Game invites local residents to realise their dreams for their community. Through play, it pulls many different groups into joint action - from residents to community groups to business – and it encourages everyone to bring their most unique and valuable talents to a project over a two-day period. [3] Tate & Lyle and B & Q made contributions and the game was also supported by Global cosmetics company, Lush.

Tracy, community links manager for Silvertown said, “It’s said there’s no community cohesion round here. But when this began, word got around. People who never even knew the community centre was here, brought along their friends. We had people arriving from outside the area. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces made me so proud. I’ve been going round thanking everyone.”

Saci Lloyd, co-founder of the Momentum Project, said, “I’m not surprised by what happened this weekend. Newham is a very exciting place to be right now: the Olympics, the new green enterprise zone, it’s the youngest, most vibrant and fastest-growing borough in London. But I’ve never felt such a buzz. This weekend it felt like it’s finally waking up. It’s the real Olympic legacy.”    

Mick, local resident, 91, said, “It reminded me of when the docks was a real community. I’m speechless.”

The Momentum Project plans to roll out the ‘Game’ across Royal Docks and Newham.

ENDS

Saci Lloyd 07903 890701
Tracy Asta Hub Manager 07584 212393 

Photos courtesy of Alessandro Stellari and can be freely used. Further photos available at info@momentumproject.co.uk

[1] Momentum Project Websites http://www.momentumproject.org.uk/ 
http://momentumproject.tumblr.com/


[2] The Asta Hub http://www.community-links.org/local-services/asta/

[3] Brazil Oasis Game http://institutoelos.org/en/teste/

What a transformation! The celebration begins! What a transformation! The celebration begins! What a transformation! The celebration begins! What a transformation! The celebration begins! What a transformation! The celebration begins! What a transformation! The celebration begins! What a transformation! The celebration begins! What a transformation! The celebration begins! What a transformation! The celebration begins!

What a transformation! The celebration begins!

10 minutes to go before we’ve got to finish and start tidying up! No pressure… 10 minutes to go before we’ve got to finish and start tidying up! No pressure… 10 minutes to go before we’ve got to finish and start tidying up! No pressure… 10 minutes to go before we’ve got to finish and start tidying up! No pressure… 10 minutes to go before we’ve got to finish and start tidying up! No pressure… 10 minutes to go before we’ve got to finish and start tidying up! No pressure… 10 minutes to go before we’ve got to finish and start tidying up! No pressure…

10 minutes to go before we’ve got to finish and start tidying up! No pressure…

Things are starting to look bright and colourful! Things are starting to look bright and colourful! Things are starting to look bright and colourful! Things are starting to look bright and colourful! Things are starting to look bright and colourful!

Things are starting to look bright and colourful!

Multitalented @Sacilloyd painting outlines for the kids to colour in.

  1. Camera: iPhone 3GS
  2. Aperture: f/2.8
  3. Exposure: 1/40th
  4. Focal Length: 3mm
Everyone is busy at work now. We’re trying to get done by 3.30pm so that the celebration can start at 4. Everyone is busy at work now. We’re trying to get done by 3.30pm so that the celebration can start at 4. Everyone is busy at work now. We’re trying to get done by 3.30pm so that the celebration can start at 4. Everyone is busy at work now. We’re trying to get done by 3.30pm so that the celebration can start at 4.

Everyone is busy at work now. We’re trying to get done by 3.30pm so that the celebration can start at 4.

our photographers Mara Verduin, Alessandro Stellari (and @Nukapai for all the amateur iPhone snapshots).

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Some more pictures from Friday. These were taken by Alessandro Stellari.