December 8, 2015

Becky Vincer, our Project & Admin Assistant, reflects on her first few months of working for People United.

It has been a really busy few months with so many events and happenings that the office has been consistently abuzz. I’ve been involved in a range of tasks from learning about oral history interviewing techniques to sourcing vintage tea cups. One day I took a group of Big History Ambassadors to the Tower of London, the next I analysed social media stats. I’ve had a watercolour lesson on a train from a Creative Champion and I’ve attended the Kent Arts Ball, where students from the University of Kent raised money for People United.

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Photo: Samantha Horn

 

22458939008_a740e00ed3_oFrom left to right: Michaela, Tom & Becky at Kent Arts Ball

 

Since joining People United back in June my time has mainly been spent working on The Best of Us project in Newington. My previous experience of the area comes from a brief childhood participation in karate at the community centre- I only made it to yellow belt before the outfit became an Obi-Wan costume. Despite living only 10 minutes away from Newington for most of my life, I had not taken the time to explore.

Now my favourite part of the week is going to Creative Champions meet-ups on Thursday nights and spending time with people from Newington.  At these meetings I’ve been privileged to hear tales of kindness, spirited conversations for positive change, snippets of brave stories and memories of fond friendships. At one event planned by the group (Memory Teas), I even discovered a story of love – my parent’s first kiss was at a party in Newington Community Centre.

Best Fest- Share a story of kindnessMemory Teas at Best Fest, visitors writing their stories of kindness on tea bags
Photo: Manu Palomeque

 

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Big History Ambassadors at the Tower of London
Photo: Samantha Horn

 

For updates on The Best of Us project and Creative Champions you can visit the Facebook page or The Best of Us project page.

 

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