This year The Winch’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 28th March 2018 at 19:00. As well as the usual AGM business we will be having an early Celebration of International Children’s Book Day (April 2nd) with some speeches on favourite books from some children, young people and parents. We would love to see you there, so please get in touch to let us know you’re coming at


We are very proud to share that The Winch won the Outstanding Creative Response Award for the year from Tender, an arts and education charity teaching about healthy relationships through drama. According to Tender: " the commitment The Winch has shown to ending domestic abuse and violence and promoting healthy relationships in the lives of children and young people has been exceptional." A team of young people and youth workers who participated in the Tender project attended the awards ceremony, where award givers included Team GB Hockey Player and Gold Medal Olympian Crista Cullen, Sky Sports journalist Olivia Wayne and award-winning actress Olivia Colman. Two young people from The Winch performed a spoken word poem they wrote for their performance at Soho Theatre. Thank you Tender and a huge well done to The Winch Youth Team and young people who participated in the project!


In autumn last year, a group of young people aged 15-18 started Take Back The Power, a Participatory Action Research project hosted by The Winch. They were trained and employed as researchers to explore experiences of an injustice which affects them directly. Over the past four months, using storytelling, interviews, visual arts and spoken word, they chose to explore experiences of race and racism in the education system. Saturday 24th February saw the group host TAKE BACK THE POWER PRESENTS; an event to springboard their findings into action. With a mixture of performances, interactive workshops and discussion, an audience was invited to join the young researchers in asking: As young people of colour, how do we challenge racism and Take Back The Power in our education? The event was a great success in showcasing the talent and hard work of the young researchers as well as providing opportunities for the audience to engage with the issue in workshops and through open mic performances.








February Play scheme was a huge success and our children had loads of fun exploring, experimenting, socialising, learning and of course playing. We had 74 children registered for a week of (very busy!) activities. Amongst other things we celebrated Valentine’s Day, Pancake Day and Chinese New Year. Activities included: making Valentines secret boxes and cards, Wood burning, cotton candy play dough, frozen fruit lollipops, dance machine competition and fuss-ball tournament, just to name a few! The children also participated in sports and physical activities in the gym, pitch and adventure. Playscheme children were very excited to participate in activities outside The Winch building, too, with two trips to Quasar in Enfield and another to watch 'Early Man' at the cinema. Our next play scheme is during Easter and will operate for 9 days!



Connecting Parents had a great trip over half term to Kentish Town City Farm. It was a lovely day with 10 parents coming along with their infant children and teenagers. They were lucky enough to have a guided tour of the farm where they found out lots of interesting animal facts, got to stroke the animals and the highlight was seeing a new-born baby lamb, less than a day old. It was great to make use of a local provision, which many of the parents had not visited before, but who are now keen to return. At our last Connecting Parents session the parents cooked up a feast for us to share and eat together, not a crumb was left! The delicious food included some wonderful Somali dishes and a cous cous salad. The parents loved it so much we have decided to make it a monthly occurrence.


The tenth cohort of The Company went to Margate for two nights to focus on preparing their pitches, which they presented to a panel of judges on Tuesday 20th February at the MediaCom offices. Thank you MediaCom! In addition to working hard, the group enjoyed a walk along the beach with fish and chips and a trip to the Turner gallery. The past weeks also saw the return of many past Associates from The Company joining us for an evening of screen printing. The Company is now recruiting for young adults to join its eleventh cohort so if you are someone or know someone with an entrepreneurial spark who want to develop an idea, then get in touch with for more information.