What is Wonder?

Wonder is a local health and wellbeing community project promoting creative and physical activities – both serious and fun.

Supporting the people that want to run the events and the people who want to take part.

The partners behind West Norwood Wonder are:

Portico Gallery, our local not-for-profit community enabler and venue host to many of West Norwood’s community driven events @PorticoGallery

SRA, a local charity who support individuals with mental health issues to access adult education, with work/volunteer placements (often via SRA’s own social enterprises) and support with finding a job. @sra.ltd

Station to Station, the Business Improvement District (BID) for Tulse Hill and West Norwood, funded and run by local businesses @StationtoStationWNandTH

West Norwood Feast, our monthly, volunteer powered, street market festival @wnfeast

Whats the latest Wonder news?

Saturday Night Fever comes to West Norwood
Saturday 1 December, 7 till late

Born to Boogie? Saturday 1 December sees Saturday Night Fever come to West Norwood and Portico Gallery with a terrific night of Disco Dancing for Everyone. And its FREE!

We are starting nice and early at 7pm so families with younger members can come and Boogie on Down, and going on till-late so everyone else can truely show they were Born to Boogie.

There will be Saturday Night Fever, the film, on the big screen, a host of different DJ’s spinning your favourite dance numbers, delicious home cooked food and our usual modestly priced Portico Bar – and there may even be prizes for best dressed! #flaresoptional

It is a fundraiser for our health and wellbeing project West Norwood WONDER – so donations (maybe £5?) on the door, much appreciated.

Lets Boogie!

Homework boys and girls – you dont want to be left not knowing the steps …

Wonder ambitions:

Community Resources List
This is the first part of the project. A list of every place that could be used by local artists, health professionals – and the whole community.
The purpose of Wonder and our Wonder-ful list is to inspire and support everyone in their creative and physical activities, existing or just in the planning stage.
Of course, it can also be used to find the perfect place for a family birthday or wedding reception.
The list will be launched at our DISCOTASTIC final fundraiser of the year on 1 December.

Support to Take Part
The second part of Wonder will support those in our community of all ages who are living in isolation, perhaps have mental health issues, might be on low/no income, or just need a friendly helping hand (as a few examples), to take part in all the great things that are happening in our district. To participate in the kinds of activities that will be taking place using our Community Resources List. The support extends, of course, to the artists and health practitioners who are looking for an activity space by facilitating them to find the right venue.

Professional Development
The third part of the project is to provide support to the artists and health professionals in the development of their skills though an expert advice and training programme.

What next?
Wonder has applied for funding to run three pilot projects through The London Community Foundation.

Watch this space for more.

What can you do to help?
Information from you
Send us information on any space, indoors or out, whatever size and we will follow up to add it to the Wonder-ful Community List. It could be ideal for a health professional to hold a one to one with a client – and so reduce stressful travelling or it could be a space suitable for 40 ten years olds to leave karate or – well you get the idea. Send tips, ideas, any thoughts at all to: wonderwestnorwood@gmail.com

Information from us
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Wonder archive

To test interest in Wonder, a launch community event was held on 3 February to raise funds to appoint a project manager for 3 months. This attracted 100 people and raised £500.

So far, the project manager has presented the project at a wide range of local meetings and events and:

• Used the database that was created for the West Norwood Library/Picturehouse pre-refurbishment research, to build the Community Resources List.

• On 1 April ran a Community Music Day designed to reach a wider group of residents with a DJ set by Blacker Dread, a pianothon and a performance by West Norwood Community Choir/Poetry Slabs. Whilst enjoying the music and colouring-in paper cut-outs of themselves and placing them on our huge Community Map, there was the opportunity to talk 121 about Wonder. We met with over 200 people.

• Supported 12 community organisations (and a total of 56 individual events) to participate in the inaugural arts festival Fest Norwood, 3-12 August, (welcoming the South London Theatre back to West Norwood), with a £300 community grant from  Norwood Forum. Links to archived festival events and active Facebook pages below.

1: West Norwood Free Film Festival: Phantom Thread .@WestNorwoodFFF

2: Station to Station: High Street Treasure Hunt @StationtoStationWNandTH

3: Norwood Forum: Digital Nor-Wood @TheNorwoodForumWestNorwood

4: Feast: West Norwood August Feast @wnfeast

5: SRA: Wonder-ful Afternoon Tea @sra.ltd
6: The Book and Record Bar: @thebookandrecordbar
Stick it On
My Mate Dave
Low YoYo Radio
Alex Paterson
Out of the Wood

7: House of Bamboo: Northern Soul dance night .@bamboosoulclub

8: Poetry Slabs/West Norwoodwes Community Choir: In Our Time @poetryslabs

9: Friends of West Norwood Cemetery: Guided Walk @fownc1837

10: Walking for Health/West Norwood Health and Leisure Centre:  Guided Health Walk @HealthandLeisureCentre

11: The Stitch: Community Sewing Group @TheStitchWestNorwood

12: Portico Gallery: Free workshops including daily yoga and many more Portico workshops! @ThePorticoGallery

• Two further fundraising events are planned:
On 10 November our second Sound of the Suburbs

and on 1 December our Saturday Night Fever Discotastic Disco!