In Tottenham Hale, the developer for Hale Works, Anthology has signed up to the Tottenham Charter. They’ve pledged to work closely with the local community to provide skills and experiences to help residents make the most of their opportunities and ambitions.

Anthology have been working with Ferry Lane Primary School and local charity Living Under One Sun (external link), on some great community initiatives.

Photographers of the future

Anthology worked with Ferry Lane Primary School in 2017 to run a photography competition for pupils. As part of the competition, enthusiastic pupils learned to take photos and curate the meaning behind them.

The top twelve photos were used in the school’s 2018 calendar. Anthology arranged for the calendar’s to be printed. They were sold at the school’s carol concert and proved so popular they sold out in no time.

As a result of this experience many of the pupils have taken up photography as a hobby.

World book day

To celebrate World Book Day Anthology organised a book collection with Ferry Lane Primary School. They worked with the school to encourage pupils to bring in their pre-loved books for the school library. Anthology pledged to match the number of books collected with brand new fiction and curriculum-focused books.

The initiative was an overwhelming success with children collecting 335 books and as promised, Anthology donated 335 books too. Deputy Headteacher, Lisa Rawashdeh, remarked that the school was infinitely grateful and that the newly provided curriculum books would prove invaluable to the children’s learning and development.

Walk to School Week

In support of Walk to School Week the Anthology team attended a special assembly at Ferry Lane Primary School to talk to pupils about the importance of safety when walking to school. The talk included tips for safety around construction sites.

Anthology challenged the pupils to increase their step count as one way of adopting an active, healthy lifestyle.

It was a lively interactive session with pupils asking lots of questions. However, the highlight was when Anthology presented pupils with high-vis vests to increase their safety when walking to school in future.

Living Under One Sun, Café Connect project

Anthology teamed up with local charity Living Under One Sun (external link) to contribute to its Café Connect project to renovate a disused bowling green in Down Lane Park.

Café Connect, which opened in May 2018, is a café with an outdoor kitchen and garden. It also acts as a community hub providing a safe space for people of all ages, abilities and cultures to share ideas and aspirations.

Anthology donated £5,000 towards a crowdfund campaign to launch the café and provided contractors to build parts of the community hub, including the kitchen.

Tables and chairs in Cafe Connect

The café is making a big difference to local people’s lives by reducing isolation and providing training and volunteering opportunities in cooking, gardening and carpentry. Another key benefit is the delicious, healthy food they serve which helps to promote healthy eating.