As part of the activities to surface, share and link resources and assets on the Tulse Hill Estate (see post on Your Ideas Here) today saw a pop up cafe on the grass between the blocks. With ice cold juice, biscuits and free conversation in the afternoon sunshine – we were introducing the idea of a Trade School and had a Skills Game to show just how many skills people have that are often taken for granted.
Trade School is an open learning space, where anyone can offer to teach and say what they’d like in exchange for their class. People sign up to come along by promising to bring along an item that the teacher has requested. For example swap a tea pot, a good book, your favourite recipe or some paint for the chance to learn a new skill. The idea was received positively by people we spoke to, and in the course of the afternoons conversations, suggested lessons that people felt they could offer included ‘how to make compost from kitchen waste’, ‘an introduction to world politics’ and ‘children’s activities – how to keep your kids happy and safe’. And the Skills Game board soon filled up with ticks as people picked out the things they knew how to do, so the unique variety of classes that Trade School Tulse Hill might include became apparent.
To find out more or get involved come along to the workshop on Mon 30 Jul 6.30pm www.yourideashere.eventbrite.com