Produced and presented by The Cockpit
JUST OFF CHURCH ST
An online channel and social platform; spotlighting the vibrant community of communities that lies just outside The Cockpit doors.
All hosted by The Cockpit's very own Jennie Buckley.
Wednesday 17th February
This week on the Just Off Church Street noticeboard we have an exclusive photography competition from Positive View, Free online Yoga and Dance classes from Mala Cherga Theatre and Penfold Hub's latest programme of events for Church Street's over 50's and carers.
We take a local perspective on LGBT History Month, catch up with what's going on with The Cockpit round up, we introduce a very special neighbour and an honourable mention.
Wednesday 6th January
New Year new lockdown. With everything outside our doors on the skids again come see what's going on inside our doors @cockpittheatre
Join me for all the deets on hiring our spaces, and our online and on demand offerings for all the family.
Wednesday 23rd December
Wednesday 16th December
Whilst we dim the stage lights once more the show must go online!
Family fun a plenty to be had with Christmas is Ruined from Subtle Paws Theatre Company and What a Superhero Wants for Christmas from Tall Tails Theatre Company.
Ruckus Theatre Company present a dark retelling of Shakespeares' Romeo & Juliet.
Tune in here at 13:30pm for all the deets and a message from the Guv'nor.
Wednesday 2 December
Also, Getset UK have some new jobs on the go, Mosaic community trust men’s support group are here to support the local community, and we've another update on The Cockpit's annual European Theatre Festival Voila!
Get in touch with Esra if you want to help out or learn more on 07718901991.
They are also offering a shopping service. Contact shopping [at] ageukwestminster [dot] org [dot] uk if you know someone who might need it. View the flyer here.
Groundwork, Cycle Confident and Westminster Council launch Westminster Wheels - a new training and employment programme for 18 - 24 year olds that trains them up as bike mechanics.
Get in touch with Liz Liz [dot] byrne [at] groundwork [dot] org [dot] uk 07702942160
Have a look at the flyer here.
And Kindness Uk invite all to get behind world kindness day on 13 November.
We also have a shout out to local heroes doing incredible work over Black History Month.
This week we'll hear from The MIddle Eastern Women And Society Organisation (MEWSO) about their upcoming online domestic violence conference, you get the chance to have your say on busking and street entertainment in the Westminster area with surveys and online Q&A sessions, and there's more from Westminster Adult Education Service about courses available for enrolment.
You can find out more about Westminster's plans for Black History Month, and there's a special mention for Henry Sylvester Williams - An anti-slavery and civil rights campaigner from Trinidad who became the first black councillor in Westminster.
A commemorative plaque can be seen at 38 Church Street.
And, as per usual, an update on all that's happening at The Cockpit!
Wednesday 23 September
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday 3 June 2020
A noticeboard broadcasts featuring: Church Street Community Champions, Pro Touch Sports Academy, The New-Pin Drop-in Centre and The Middle Eastern Women's Society and Organisation.
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.
We're always on the hunt for people, places, organisations, businesses, charites, groups and all round heros to feature on Just Off Church St.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. To view their latest programme of classes click here or to learn more visit Mewso.org
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. View their latest Covid safe February 2021 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Providing high quality, employer led pre-employment training programmes within the contruction industry, giving local people the right skills to be site ready.
A church in the heart of Marylebone.
Joseph Hennessey offering a friendly, professional waste disposal service at competitive prices.
A former member of the City of Westminster Council (1998-2006) and an Assembly member for The Labour Party.
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.
City of Westminster Council
The local authority for the City of Westminster in Greater London
The Cockpit's community of classes, readings, scratch nights and performanace opportunities.
The Westminster Adult Education Service
Providing learning pathways that enable all learners to achieve their career aspirations and fulfil their potential.
Delivering a range of Government funded programmes to support people to make positive changes in their lives.
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
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.
A new service, activating the City of Westminster through Physical Activity, Leisure & Sport.
Marylebone Nursery and Pre school
A local nursery and pre school offering care and learning from children from 3 months.
Tranforming young lives through arts and therapy.
Inspiring boys and men to become dynamic future men, by giving them the confidence to discover what it means to be a man.
A not for profit social enterprise that specialises in adult and family learning, ESOL and integration, literacy, numeracy and teacher education.
A children's theatre company recreating ancient tales from India.
Westminster City Libraries
Libraries for the community across the borough.
Kensington & Chelsea Libraries
Libraries for the community across the borough.
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.
Genau Dance Co
A contemporary dance theatre company
St Marylebone Festival
A music festival, this year happening online.
Shows, classes, chats and more. All online
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.
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.
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.
Portman Early Childhood Centre
Supporting families living in the Church St area by providing education, care and support from the same building.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bless And Tony
A unisex hair salon on Church Street that offers styling for both Afro and European hair.
Church Street Library
A local library offering so much more than just books.
67 Church Street, London, NW8 8EU
Westminster Connects was set up as a way to co-ordinate efforts and link up local volunteers and those who need help.
Age UK Westminster
Our local chapter of the country's leading charity dedicated to helping everyone make the most of later life. View Age Uk Westminster's latest newsletter here.
Age UK Formed on 25 February 2009, and launched on 1 April 2009, combined the operations of the previously separate charities Age Concern England and Help the Aged to form the UK's largest charity for older people.
A federation of charities mobilising practical community action on poverty and the environment across the UK. They’re passionate about creating a future where every neighbourhood is vibrant and green, every community is strong and able to shape its own destiny and no-one is held back by their background or circumstances.
A training organisation whose aim is to unlock London by empowering everyone to cycle confidently and safely.
A paid six month programme in cycle mechanics for 18-24 year olds looking at building a new skill that is in high demand.
An independent, not-for-profit organisation with the goal of making kindness a greater part of everyone’s daily lives and increasing the awareness of the positive benefits of kindness to health and the overall wellbeing of society.
A charity working to stop road deaths and injuries, support people affected by road crashes and campaign for safe and healthy mobility for all.
Are you aged from 13 to 16 and living in Westminster?
You can get exclusive access to Westminster’s most inspiring cultural organisations and get the chance to boost your CV by taking part in talks, workshops and work placements with some of the biggest names in the creative industry.
A pub just up the road on Lisson Grove.
Providing complementary therapies for those who otherwise have no access to such services. - such as acupuncture, shiatsu, craniosacral therapy, reflexology, massage, aromatherapy.
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