Just Off Church Street

An Online Community Channel WATCH FREE ONLINE

Mon 11 May 2020 to Mon 31 May 2021

Just Off Church Street

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Produced and presented by The Cockpit


An online channel and social platform; spotlighting the vibrant community of communities  that lies just outside  The Cockpit doors




The magic of Church St is still one of the best kept secrets in London. And now you can follow Just Off Church Street for an insider’s view. Meet the residents, key workers, shop-keepers, chefs, volunteers, business people, artists, antique dealers and supporters -  everyone and everywhere that makes up this multicultural, dynamic and unapologetically proper London neighbourhood. And while you’re at it, meet some of the characters at The Cockpit that keep the show on the road - come rain, shine, or flooded toilets...
Expect exclusive interviews, live performances, classes, behind the scenes peeks, chats, tips, catch ups... and even some meditation.
All hosted by The Cockpit's very own Jennie Buckley.


Want to get involved? participate [at] justoffchurchst [dot] co [dot] uk (subject: Just%20Off%20Church%20St%20-%20Web%20Enquiry) (Email Jennie)



Next Broadcast: 

Wednesday 23 September

This week features information from City Of Westminster College about free and subsidised courses for adults - including a course designed to help you improve your English.
We also hear from brand new Afro and European hair specialists Bless & Tony, who have just arrived on Church Street, and have more from the local Neighbourhood Keepers. - Their hunt for community projects continues. Email churchstreet [at] westminster [dot] gov [dot] uk or call 0207 641 2968 if you have a project in mind. 

Plus more info on the ever growing programme at The Cockpit.



Past Broadcasts

Wednesday 9 September
This week, hear about Westminster City Council's Neighbourhood Keepers Programme as they seek out new innovative proposals for their scheme and show you what a difference this scheme can make to a community. Zumba anyone? Plus meet the volunteers from Young Healthwatch Westminster, and learn about the opportunities offered by The Westminster Employment Service

And hear what's happening at The Cockpit, both online and in the venue!

Wednesday 19 August
This week we're shining a light on all the tasty food offerings outside The Cockpit doors and along Church St. There's Lahore, a taste of India across the street, Alfies Rooftop Kitchen which is just a walk across the road and a climb of some rickety stairs for some of the best views in London, and an array of tastes on the stalls of Church Street Market including Laila creole cuisine, Paella brothers, Sara Falafel and Tikka Grill London.

We're also looking at the new online term of classes and workshops being launched by The Cockpit's Theatre Maker, and hear from The Church Street community about staying safe and the importance of Test And Trace.

Wednesday 12 August
This week we will be telling you all about free online chess for locals, being organised by City of Westminster's Neighbourhood Keepers Programme, more online offerings to help through these strange times from Westminster Adult Education Service, and more great work from The Middle Eastern Women & Society Organisation.  - including Zumba with a bit of twist! 

Wednesday 5 August

This week we'll be introducing you a photography competition run by youth empowerment programme Positive View Foundation, looking into the great work still being done by the Middle Eastern Women Society and Organisation including online arts & crafts and classes, and finding out more about the local branch of the Maternity Champions, based up the road at The Portman Early Childhood Centre, where they invite you to a baby sing-a-long! 

There's also news on speedy new wi fi coming to Church St! 

Wednesday 29 July 

This week is all about the launch of CrowdFund Westminster   - A new initiative to enable Westminster residents and businesses to support and raise money for creative, diverse projects that benefit their communities by City of Westminster Council and Spacehive. 

The launch event takes place on 4 August. Have a watch to find out more. 

We also talk about Pilots in The Cockpit. Trying and testing alternative ways of welcoming audiences. 

Wednesday 22 July 

We've information on the new summer programme that has been launched by Fourth Feathers Youth Club, a weekly online bookclub being run by the staff from Westminster City Libraries and Kensington & Chelsea Libraries called Aloud In The Cloud, (event link here) and the chance to get cooking with the family Central London Youth Development's food project Fun & Learn.

We'll also tell you about a workshop being run by Learning Unlimited and Westminster Adult Education Service where you can not only make your own puppets, you can also bring them to life in your own stories! It's happening on Tuesday 28 July from 3pm. More information here, or go straight to the event page here

Not to be defeated, The St Marylebone festival, after being cancelled, is being taken online. You can find information on all the special guests due to perform on the 27 July, here.

Then there's news on three different broadcasts that are happening at The Cockpit as part of their Cockpit Broadcast programme. Happy Hour -  a weekly zoom catch up, a screening of  new short film Litchblick by Genau Dance Co, and Jazz In The Round... actually happening in the building! 

And we've an honourary mention of Pro Touch SA for all the work they do. A true asset to the community. 


Wednesday 15 July

We chat to The Cockpit's Director Dave Wybrow about what's happening in The Cockpit building, we've a short video from Marylebone Nursery and Pre-school telling you about what they offer, plus information on the
Dream Arts Church Street Summer Programmes - with zoom calls for young carers, and a project supporting year 6 school leavers in collaboration with Future Men.
More info here

There's also news of family fun from not for profit social enterprise Learning Unlimited . They are hosting an online workshop where you can learn to make flowers from recycled materials. Let your imagination run wild! 
Flower pot Workshop. 16th July, 2pm

Plus news on the premiere screening of a children's theatrical film Indra & The Amrit by theatre company Hanuman Tales.

Wednesday 8 July 
Featuring a chat with Murad Qureshi about the Site A Church St regeneration plans, a look at the work Active Westminster & Sport England are doing to encourage families to get outdoors following lockdown, MEWSo are celebrating their 10 year anniversary with an online event, and take and simple steps to learn IT with The Church Street Community Champions


Wednesday 1 July
Jennie Buckley chats to Hipster Spinster aka Victoria Fifield  - an artist who works in Church st - about how working in lockdown has affected her, and Dave Wybrow interviews local resident and Lisson Green Tenants & Residents Association committee member Achim von Malotki regarding the Church St Site A regeneration plans.

And in our regular noticeboard slot we'll introduce you to Dragon Egg Digital presenting the Church St Legends, information about national charity Family Lives and their new outreach programme, and how Westminster City Council are encouraging all businesses to take part in their business survey.

Wednesday 24 June 2020

A chat with Labour Assembly Member Murad Qureshi about cultural heroes and Black Lives Matter, a short but informative video from The Church Street Community Champions, a community support video from Westminster City Council, details of The Cockpit's Theatre Maker, and some information about new family activities being offered by The Westminster Adult Education Service.

Plus our regular noticeboard shouting out all things local  - this week featuring a virtual choir run by The Penfold Hub and programmes available via Getset.

Wednesday 17th June 2020

Health and wellbeing from Mosaic Community Trust, information on the employment project SWEET by Paddington Development Trust, and employment programmes and opportunities from Fantasy wings and CPJ Group.

Plus a shout out to the good work and services provided by St Paul's Church, Fourth Feathers Youth and Community Club and Marylebone Waste 

Wednesday 10th June 2020

Featuring a chat with Ismail Ali - Artist, writer and creative founder of Project ALCHEMY, workshop informations from Tree Shepherd, A look at the volunteeriing happening at London Business School, a informative, helpful video from The Middle Eastern Women's Society & Organisation , and a shout out video from our very own Michael about how you can get involved with New Stuff.


Friday 22 May 2020
Featuring: A class from Spectre Wellbeing, Lockdown silver linings from our Cockpit staff, and notice board mentions for The Penfold Community Hub and Tree Shepherd.




Because we love our theatre and our manor, we're setting up an online channel and social platform to celebrate the brilliant people and places behind and just around the corner from The Cockpit.
The community living and working around us are integral to what we do and why we do it. This is our chance to introduce you to the people that work so hard to make our theatre - and the streets around it - so unique. In our minds, the two are inextricably linked.

Prior to the current crisis, The Cockpit was serving the community with children’s theatre, yoga, meditation classes, and  sometimes just a big space to hold a meeting and look at a powerpoint  - and we hope to do so again soon.
Here's a short video to explain what the channel is all about. 






We're always on the hunt for people, places, organisations, businesses, charites, groups and all round heros to feature on Just Off Church St. 

Watch this short video to see how you can get involved! 



Want to take part? Know someone who deserves to be included? Got something you want to tell people about? 

 Participate [at] justoffchurchst [dot] co [dot] uk (subject: Just%20Off%20Church%20Street%20-%20Website%20Enquiry) (Email Jennie) - She'd love to hear from you! 

or you can send us your details for the Noticeboard by filling in this form.



Church Street Champions
Looking for something to do during the lock-down? We are all in this together and these folks can make staying home a better experience for everyone.
Includes an all culture choir, fit families workouts and emotional wellbeing.
Pro Touch Sports Academy
Delivering sporting activity programmes across Westminster, with a focus in Church Street and Harrow Road wards to help, support and encourage potential young, gifted and talented football players.
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New Pin Family Drop-In Centre
If you are a parent / carer with a child under 5, you can experience Quality Play in a warm friendly environment. 
Includes Arts & Crafts/Messy Play, Music Session, Drama Kids, Advice & Support, Active Kids, Family Play Drop-in, Parenting Programme  and Parent Support Groups. 
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Middle Eastern Women's Society and Organisation
Helping Middle Eastern, North African and Asian women in London to rebuild their lives. Offering personal support, fitness and mindfulness classes and group support.
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Spectre Wellbeing:
Jennie Chan is a London based teacher originally from Australia, having trained in Qi Gong with Forest rock school in Bali. She is also a level 2 Reiki practitioner.
She is passionate about wellbeing and qigong and how it has the ability to positively change lives - including her own. 
Jennie’s teaching is relaxed and fun, focusing on the breath, peace and calmness. She believes everyone can cultivate and strengthen their own personal energy source through the practice of Qi Gong and looks forward to teaching you!
Cockpit Staff Silver Linings
A few of our staff made videos and songs that highlight the small up sides of being locked down. With Dave Wybrow, Kate Lee, & Songs for Social Distancing by Amy Clare Tasker 
Penfold Community Hub
If you live in Westminster and are aged 50 plus or a carer, the Penfold Community Hub has a wide range of opportunities available to you. They offer stimulating and accessible activities, as well as advice and counselling services, to help you remain healthy, independent and active in your local community. Tree Shepherd believe that with trust and patience everyone can be enabled to take a positive role in their community.
Tree Shepherd
Their mission is to create employment and transform deprived areas into thriving communities through bringing the talents of local people and local enterprises into collaborative networks. they achieve this through a dynamic combination of enterprise training, business support and practical help delivered with empathy and commitment.
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Fourth Feathers Youth and Community Club
With around 500 members at their Youth Centre, and on average 40 come to the Centre daily, with around 9,600 attending per year, this youth and community club is a thriving hub of the community. They welcome all young people between the ages of 8 and 19 from the local areas and further areas of London, with an upper age limit of 25  for members with learning difficulties.
Whether you’re looking to start up a new hobby, meet other like-minded people, or are after a confidential one-to-one chat seeking advice on issues, Fourth Feathers is here to help.
Learn More. See their new summer programme here

Mosaic Community Trust
Acting through the promotion of health and economic wellbeing, community leadership and a rights-based approach to community support, their mission is to empower diverse, socially and economically marginalised and disadvantaged communities, thereby enabling them to participate actively in strategic decision making at the community level and to access mainstream services and economic opportunities.
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London Business School
London Business School’s academic strength and global outlook drives original and provocative business thinking. They challenge conventional wisdom, transform careers and empower our people to change the way the world does business.
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Project Alchemy
Project ALCHEMY @ The Showroom - Community education and engagement by way of access to arts and culture Working with the kind cooperation of our programme partners: Royal Academy of Arts, Queens Gallery, Tate and V&A, Complicite Theatre Company, Improbable Theatre, Mousetrap Theatre Projects and The Cockpit Theatre
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SWEET (Supporting Women into Employment, Enterprise and Training)
The SWEET project is designed to help women make changes in their lives and achieve their goals. It helps women from ethnic minorities in West London who would like to get a full or part time job or at least to take the first steps towards getting a job, for example by starting some training or doing a work placement. The Project is funded by the European Social Fund and the National Lottery, through the Big Lottery Fund.
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Fantasy Wings
Through a combined effort of Fantasy Wings, airline pilots and leading aviation organisations, we are able to offer an exciting and proactive programme to launch BAME people and women into the aviation industry.
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CPJ Group
Providing high quality, employer led pre-employment training programmes within the contruction industry, giving local people the right skills to be site ready.
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St Paul's Church
A church in the heart of Marylebone.
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Marylebone Waste
offering a friendly, professional waste disposal service at competitive prices.
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Murad Qureshi
A former member of the City of Westminster Council (1998-2006) and an Assembly member for The Labour Party.
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Church Street Community Champions
A programme building on the skills and knowledge of local communities. They bring local people and services together to improve health and wellbeing and to reduce inequalities.
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City of Westminster Council
The local authority for the City of Westminster in Greater London
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Theatre Maker
The Cockpit's community of classes, readings, scratch nights and performanace opportunities. 
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The Westminster Adult Education Service
Providing learning pathways that enable all learners to achieve their career aspirations and fulfil their potential. 
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Get Set
Delivering a range of Government funded programmes to support people to make positive changes in their lives. 
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Hipster Spinster
Art, writing, design and music by local resident Victoria Fifield.

Visit her blog to see work in progress, and explore Victoria's ideas and inspirations.

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Site A Regeneration project by Westminster City Council
One of the major projects for the Church Street Regeneration Programme. Site A is located at the top of Church Street and will include new homes, shops, a garden street and the new Church Street Library.
Watch a video of the plans here
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Dragon Egg Digital 
Hatching new talent. A young not-for-profit organisation aiming to provide specialist digital skills and tech learning opportunities for young people, and help them find employment in the sector.
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Family Lives 
A national charity providing support in all aspects of family life.
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Active Westminster
A new service, activating the City of Westminster through Physical Activity, Leisure & Sport.
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Marylebone Nursery and Pre school
A local nursery and pre school offering care and learning from children from 3 months. 
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Dream Arts
Tranforming young lives through arts and therapy. 
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Future Men
Inspiring boys and men to become dynamic future men, by giving them the confidence to discover what it means to be a man. 
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Learning Unlimited
A not for profit social enterprise that specialises in adult and family learning, ESOL and integration, literacy, numeracy and teacher education.
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Hanuman Tales
A children's theatre company recreating ancient tales from India.
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Westminster City Libraries
Libraries for the community across the borough. 
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Kensington & Chelsea Libraries
Libraries for the community across the borough. 
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Central London Youth Development 
Working with young people from diverse backgrounds to increase their aspiration, promote their social behaviour and ensure their effective participation to become an integral part of the society.
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Genau Dance Co
A contemporary dance theatre company 
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St Marylebone Festival
A music festival, this year happening online. 
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Cockpit Broadcast
Shows, classes, chats and more. All online
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Spacehive is a funding platform for ideas that bring local places to life: everything from sprucing up the park, or improving a playground, to starting a street market.
The aim is to provide a powerful springboard for ideas that make communities happy, proud and prosperous.
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Positive View Foundation
A Youth Empowerment Programme that uses photography and film to successfully lead these highly vulnerable young adults into further education, training, employment, or community voluntary work – and out of a vicious circle of family disintegration, gang violence, crime, and drugs. Supported by Arts Council England, and The Royal Photographic Society. 
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Maternity Champions
A team of highly skilled, local volunteers who have a passion for supporting parents on their parenting journey. They help new and expectant parents from pregnancy through to baby’s first birthday in a range of ways including preparing for birth, bonding with baby, breastfeeding and first aid.
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Portman Early Childhood Centre
Supporting families living in the Church St area by providing education, care and support from the same building. 
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Neighbourhood Keepers 
 Local grassroot organisations and individuals delivering free services which provide health, wellbeing and environmental benefits for all residents of Church Street ward and Paddington Green estate.
This includes healthy cooking sessions, sports activities, food waste recycling and environmental projects.
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A restaurant inspired by the age old tastes of the city of Lahore in central Punjab, offering authentic Pakistani & Indian cuisine within the heart of London.
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Alfie's Rooftop Kitchen
A contemporary café with panoramic views over London's roof tops from its large sunny terrace. On the third floor of Alfie's Antique Market. 
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Church St Market
Anything you need, you can get here. Mondays to Saturdays 8am - 6pm.
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Young Healthwatch Westminster
A group of young volunteers who live, work or study in Westminster. They share a hunger for the voices of young people to be heard in the design and delivery of the mental health services we use, and think it’s crucial that all young people are aware of all the mental health support that is out there and how to access it.
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Westminster Employment Service
A recruitment service for local residents and businesses who partner with Westminster employers to fill a wide range of vacancies so that residents benefit from opportunities on their doorstep.
They also work with residents on a personal level to develop confidence and skills, and to help provide access to training, jobs and continued career progression.
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City Of Westminster College 
Currently the top college for apprenticeships. They also offer over 200 courses across a wide range of both vocational and academic subjects and have specialist facilities including, science labs, motor vehicle workshops, photography studios, a theatre and TV and Radio studios. 
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Bless And Tony
A unisex hair salon on Church Street that offers styling for both Afro and European hair.
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