Community Legacy Walks

During 2012 CoolTan Arts ran a series of accessible Community Legacy walks in the run up to, and during the Olympic and Paralympic Games, in partnership with Centre for Better Health and Hackney Museum.Community Legacy Walk

The Community Legacy Walks, run by and for people with mental distress, celebrated the legacy of the 2012 games throughout the host boroughs of Hackney and Newham, allowing local people to re-discover their local area, re-claim green spaces, and share stories old and new. We uncovered the hidden history, art, and culture of the area.

CoolTan Arts was awarded a Transformers grant, funded by the National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and managed by the East London Business Alliance.Community Legacy Walks poster

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Join our last two Community Legacy walks!

Join our last two Community Legacy walks!
Uncover the secrets of the Olympic and Paralympic boroughs, the best walks so far, come along and share a year’s worth of research and discoveries by our East London walk volunteers. From the infamous modern myth of the ‘Moleman of Hackney’ to the former workhouse and mental hospital with a mysterious past…find out more and explore with us!
FREE, ACCESSIBLE WALKS – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Enjoy green spaces and discover secret histories whilst walking, wheeling, and engaging with new friends! Come share your stories of the East London that rubs shoulders with the Olympic Park, and enhance your physical & mental wellbeing without even noticing!
Saturday 24th November: 12 noon – 3.30pm
Tuesday 4th November: 12 noon – 3.30pm
Meet us at the cafe tables, at 12 noon outside Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
(Nearest Bus: stops on Mare Street, bus top is called ’Hackney Town hall’. Nearest Rail: Hackney Central)
Walks end at Hackney Wick Station. Please wear sensible footwear, bring a packed lunch and drinking water. Duration: 3½ hours. Walk ends in vicinity of Olympic Park.
For details on accessibility, please contact CoolTan Arts on 020 7701 2696 or e-mail clara@cooltanarts.org.uk
We are still recruiting volunteers to help with this project, and volunteers may run walks independently after December.
We are making an online map of our walks to download from our website, so you can help us to create this map, take photos, and edit research.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, contact clara@cooltanarts.org.uk
HLW0008Uncover the secrets of the Olympic and Paralympic boroughs and come along and share a year’s worth of research and discoveries by our East London walk volunteers -  these will be the best walks so far! From the infamous modern myth of the ‘Moleman of Hackney’ to the former workhouse and mental hospital with a mysterious past…find out more and explore with us!
FREE, ACCESSIBLE WALKS – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Enjoy green spaces and discover secret histories whilst walking, wheeling, and engaging with new friends! Come share your stories of the East London that rubs shoulders with the Olympic Park, and enhance your physical & mental wellbeing without even noticing!
Saturday 24th November: 12 noon – 3.30pm
Tuesday 4th December: 12 noon – 3.30pm
Meet us at the cafe tables, at 12 noon outside Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
(Nearest Bus: stops on Mare Street, bus top is called ’Hackney Town hall’. Nearest Rail: Hackney Central)
Walks end at Hackney Wick Station. Please wear sensible footwear, bring a packed lunch and drinking water. Duration: 3½ hours. Walk ends in vicinity of Olympic Park.
For details on accessibility, please contact CoolTan Arts on 020 7701 2696 or e-mail clara@cooltanarts.org.uk
We are still recruiting volunteers to help with this project, and volunteers may run walks independently after December.
We are making an online map of our walks to download from our website, so you can help us to create this map, take photos, and edit research.
If you are interested in volunteering with us, contact clara@cooltanarts.org.uk
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Walk, talk and be mentally healthy

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Hackney once would have been far from the madding crowd. It was farmland, which produced food for the Roman settlement of Londinium. Now it’s part of London and, like other boroughs, has a wealth of architectural history from medieval churches, Tudor manor houses, Georgian streets and even hidden rivers! I get excited about this kind of thing because I’m fascinated by buildings and subterranean cities. But most of all, I love the history of London. I also what you might call a people person; so when I saw an ad on Guardian Jobs looking for research and walk volunteers for the CoolTan Community Legacy Walks I signed up.

CoolTan Arts is a mental health and arts charity that, in their own words, believes mental well-being is enhanced by the power of creativity.” These walks in Hackney are part of the national health kick inspired by the Olympic and Paralympic games and held a stone’s throw away in Stratford. For many years now CoolTan has been running a similar project in South London called Largactyl Shuffle. The name came from an anti-psychotic drug that actually makes it difficult to walk, therein lies the joke. 2-Cool Tan 18 08 12 (147)-walk talk mental health


CoolTan struck me as an odd and off-topic name. It kind of irked me because as much as I like a tan, I think promoting tans as cool opens it up to a whole bad world of spray on orange messiness and sun bed worship. As always, I was being too literal. CoolTan’s name is based in its origins; the charity was first set up in Brixton in a disused building of a sun lotion (and, oh dear, oil) company called, you guessed it, CoolTan. This instantly endeared me to the epithet.

While chatting away to volunteer coordinator Clara Jones in a café after one of our walks, we moved on to another query I had, their use of the phrase ‘mental distress’. I assumed this was now the P.C. term for mental illness but she explained that everyone involved at CoolTan has a say and had decided they wanted to refer to mental illness as ‘mental distress’. They felt everyone knows what it feels like to suffer mental distress so it was easier for more people to relate to and that mental illness had implied what was happening to you was part of you always. It is such a loaded phrase, once she explained this to me all this it made sense. Illness almost makes you think that once you had a bout of it you won’t be well again and why not have a say in the way you are described by other people?

It has been a ridiculous notion of mine that, apart from my personal interests in the project, I had come to help those suffering from mental distress and that I’d be able to differentiate them from the volunteers. I am always surprised when I find out I have a completely stupid preconception that I was totally unaware of. It was only when I realised how much I had gained from the walks and the positive affect that they had on me that I understood the mental health benefits the project for everyone involved. It was being outdoors, actually enjoying London, rather than rushing from A to B that had influenced my own mental well-being in such a way. Meeting new people, communicating and sharing an experience.

Not only did I learn about the architectural history but we discussed social history, mental distress and disability, changes in society and the effects of this on these issues. I met people I would never have met before, different ages, backgrounds and jobs and all of them lovely. We discussed buildings together, had a picnic and looked out onto the Olympic Park from a motorway bridge. All good stuff.

It only occurred to me when I was sitting down with everyone after my second walk that I had suffered from mental distress, depression to be exact. I don’t know how, but I had totally forgotten this even thought it went on for many years. I remember that at the time, the idea of being labelled as mentally ill was nearly as bad, if not as worse, as the depression itself. The stigma attached to it definitely made the experience worse for me.

Mental distress isn’t inherent in you, it’s something you suffer from and shouldn’t define you, or allow society to label you. By labelling people you pigeon hole them as a stereotype and take away the scope for them to be anything else.

You’re a Christian, you’re a schizophrenic, you’re a vegetarian. The letter ‘a’ usually describes a singular thing, removing that letter means viewing a person in a more open way. Take a look at that sentence again without the ‘a’. I am Christian, I am schizophrenic, I am vegetarian.

People are more than one thing and CoolTan’s Community Legacy Walks reminded me of that. Things change, people get depressed, people have psychotic episodes and maybe they will happen again. But by no means should a person be defined by these occurrences no matter how often or infrequent they are. At the end of the day people are just people so lets all go out, take a walk, learn something new, we’ll all feel better for it!

This article was written by Nicola Scott for news, view & reviews site SqueamishBikini.com 3-Cool Tan 18 08 12 (147)-walk talk mental health

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Community Legacy Walks – Upcoming Training Dates

Volunteer for the Community Legacy Walks project and get some great training!
Our exciting walk reveals hidden green spaces

To undertake the Community Legacy Walks Training you must be willing to sign up to help with at least 3 walks between now and December. Some walks are at weekends and some are during the week, you can choose which to help with. Also, you will need a £5 refundable deposit for your place to be confirmed.

Meetings and walks are Tuesdays 12-3pm in Hackney. Some walks take place at weekends.
Contact clara@cooltanarts.org.uk or ring 0207 701 2696 to find out more.

Walk Leader Training
Wednesday 3rd October, 6–8pm at CoolTan Arts
Thursday 11th October, 10am-3pm at CoolTan Arts

Assertiveness Training
Wednesday 17th October, 3–5pm at CoolTan Arts

Public Speaking Training
Wednesday 24th October, 2.30–4.30 pm at The Centre for Better Health, 1A Darnley Road, London, E9 6QH

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Community Legacy Walks COMING UP…

Place: Hackney Museum at the Café tables, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Time: 12noon – 3pm

Missed out on Olympic and Paralympic tickets? Never mind!

clw2_smallCome along to our FREE walks, share your stories , learn all about the area, mental health history, the history of the games and catch a glimpse of the stadium from the green and pleasent spaces of Victoria park. All planned and run by volunteers.

Upcoming walks …

Tuesday 16th October
Tuesday 30th October
Saturday 24th November
Tuesday 4th December

Meet at Hackney Museum, 12noon at the Café tables. Walks finish at Hackney Wick station approx 3pm but you can leave earlier.

Bring your Olympic and Paralympic stories, and a packed lunch! Wear weather appropriate clothing and comfy shoes.

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Join us for a CoolTan Arts Community Legacy Walk

Upcoming Dates: Friday 7th September, Sunday 16th September, Tuesday 18th September, Tuesday 16th October
Starting:
Hackney Museum main entrance, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Times: 12 noon – 3.30pm
Cost: free

elbawalks_smallDiscover hidden histories, share your stories, explore art, culture and mental health history with CoolTan Arts Community Legacy Walks. Meet new friends, get healthier and be part of the excitement around the Olympics and Paralympics!

Learn more about the history of Hackney’s psychiatric hospitals, the open spaces of Victoria Park (the “people’s park”), Hackney Marshes and the river Lea and the rich history of non conformism in Hackney.

Meet at 12 noon outside Hackney Museum main entrance (across the square from the Empire, buses stop on Mare Street.) Our friendly guides will be there to meet you. Please wear sensible footwear, bring a bottle of water and some sandwiches.

The walk will end at Hackney Wick station. Walks last approx 3.5 hours. Project mobile on the day: 07982 423559.

Our walks are organised and run by volunteers. We aim to make all walks accessible; please ring to discuss any access needs.

Be part of the project! Help design walks, training provided. CoolTan Arts welcomes volunteers with or without disabilities.
Contact Clara Jones for more information: 0207 701 2696 or clara@cooltanarts.org.uk.

CoolTan Arts has been awarded a Transformers grant, funded by the National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and managed by the East London Business Alliance.

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Review: CoolTan Arts Community Legacy Walk

It’s difficult to fully convey the richness of the Cool Tan Arts Community Legacy Walk I went on with some colleagues on Tuesday 10 June.
Walk_6th_10-07-2012_30_smallThe route taken, from Hackney Museum eastwards through the borough and concluding on the fringes on the Olympic park (where lingering and casually holding cameras is received with a distinct air of distrust), gave a cross section of Hackney’s history, people, and the different urban forms that characterise the borough.

Each of the guides who joined us brought something unique and informative – be it the history of a school or churchyard, their own memories of places from years before, or their opinions and expectations about the rapid changes taking place in Hackney. This personal touch helped the walk feel like a journey of communal discovery rather than just a tour, learning from and about other people in order to better understand the place.

Inevitably the Olympics dominated the picture at times and became much more noticeable through the second half of the walk, both in terms of the visible changes taking and yet to take place, and the conversation. The reason I say that it is difficult to convey or indeed fully appreciate the richness of the experience is because spending time being introduced and educated to the borough by the group of knowledgeable and clearly passionate community members raised in my mind far more questions than I could have expected. In search of the answers I feel the best thing I can do is to return to the borough to join more legacy walks in the future and witness and understand the very present changes that are occurring over the coming weeks and months – and I can think of no better endorsement than that!

CoolTan Arts has been awarded a Transformers grant, funded by The National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and managed by the East London Business Alliance.

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Join us on a CoolTan Arts Community Legacy Walk

Upcoming Dates: Tuesday 7th, Tuesday 14th, Saturday 18th, Tuesday 28th August  Starting: Hackney Museum main entrance, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Times: 12 noon – 3.30pm
Cost: free

elbawalks_smallDiscover hidden histories, share your stories, explore art, culture and mental health history with CoolTan Arts Community Legacy Walks. Meet new friends, get healthier and be part of the excitement around the Olympics and Paralympics!

Learn more about the history of Hackney’s psychiatric hospitals, the open spaces of Victoria Park (the “people’s park”), Hackney Marshes and the river Lea and the rich history of non conformism in Hackney.

Meet at 12 noon outside Hackney Museum main entrance (across the square from the Empire, buses stop on Mare Street.) Our friendly guides will be there to meet you. Please wear sensible footwear, bring a bottle of water and some sandwiches.

The walk will end at Hackney Wick station. Walks last approx 3.5 hours. Project mobile on the day: 07982 423559.

Our walks are organised and run by volunteers. We aim to make all walks accessible; please ring to discuss any access needs.

Be part of the project! Help design walks, training provided. CoolTan Arts welcomes volunteers with or without disabilities.
Contact Clara Jones for more information: 0207 701 2696 or clara@cooltanarts.org.uk.

CoolTan Arts has been awarded a Transformers grant, funded by the National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and managed by the East London Business Alliance.

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Images from the walk on 21st July

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Images from the walk on 26th June 2012

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Images from the walk on 22nd June 2012

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Review of the walk on 10th June 2012

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It’s difficult to fully convey the richness of the Cool Tan Arts Community Legacy Walk I went on, with some colleagues, on Tuesday 10 June. The route taken, from Hackney Museum eastwards through the borough and concluding on the fringes on the Olympic park (where lingering and casually holding cameras is received with a distinct air of distrust) gave a cross section of Hackney’s history, people, and the different urban forms that characterise the borough. Each of the guides who joined us brought something unique and informative – be it the history of a school or churchyard, their own memories of places from years before, or their opinions and expectations about the rapid changes taking place in Hackney. This personal touch helped the walk a feel like a journey of communal discovery rather than just a tour, learning from and about other people in order to better understand the place.

Inevitably the Olympics dominated the picture at times and became much more noticeable through the second half of the walk, both in terms of the visible changes taking and yet to take place, and the conversation. The reason I say that it is difficult to convey or indeed fully appreciate the richness of the experience is because spending time being introduced and educated to the borough by the group of knowledgeable and clearly passionate community members raised in my mind far more questions than I could have expected. In search of the answers I feel the best thing I can do is to return to the borough to join more legacy walks in the future and witness and understand the very present changes that are occurring over the coming weeks and months – and I can think of no better endorsement than that!

Matthew Wood-Hill

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Upcoming Community Legacy Walks

Community Legacy WalkWalks start from outside Hackney Museum, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ (nearest bus stop Mare Street, Underground: Hackney Central)

Walks last approximately 3.5 hours and end in the vicinity of the Olympic Park. Walkers must take responsibility for making their own way home. Please wear sensible footwear and bring your own packed lunch and water to drink.

Upcoming Walk Dates:

June 2012

Tuesday 12th, Friday 22nd, Saturday 30th

July 2012

Tuesday 10th, Saturday 21st, Tuesday 24th, Sunday 29th

August 2012

Tuesday 7th, Tuesday 14th, Saturday 18th, Tuesday 28th

September 2012

Sunday 2nd, Friday 7th, Sunday 16th, Tuesday 18th

October 2012

Tuesday 16th, Tuesday 3oth

November 2012

Saturday 24th

December

Tuesday 4th

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Review for CoolTan Arts Community Legacy Walk-29th May 2012

Cooltan health walk trainingWalking is always good for talking. Being rhythmic, it sparks off ideas and makes space for shared thoughts to sit ‘in the air’.

On Tuesday, 8 to 10 of us met outside Hackney Museum on a gloriously sunny May afternoon, to get to know the area and each other. We embarked on a potted tour of Hackney and Hackney Wick, guided by local residents. Along the way, we stopped when people had stories about particular buildings, from old churches and psychiatric hospitals, to bridge sculptures and snazzy new Olympic venues.

We had lunch in the grounds of Homerton hospital, a grassy area set aside from the main road, with benches and trees to prop up against. Someone explained that Homerton is to be the official Olympics hospital but claims it will not require additional resources for this! So we saluted the building good luck and continued along back streets to the canalside. Bright wild flowers lined the paths. The canal was serene (though not enough for a dip), and we walked by its side for a while, identifying what could and could not be foraged amongst the summer blooms.

Turning back into the town, one memorable sight for me was the original Hackney Hospital (1750-1995), a grand building, with distinctive red brick arches lining the tops of the large windows. Originally a workhouse, someone said that it was here that the first Patients’ Union, of hospital patients demanding their rights, emerged in the 1970s. With the building soon to be restored by the local mental health trust, I found myself wondering about its multiple personalities over the years, as a site for incarceration, liberation, coercion and resistance all in one.

One of the last places we came to was Victoria Park. Someone explained that this was an arboretum for explorers of the British Empire, bringing back seeds and saplings from their travels. According to someone else, the park used to be a rallying point for political activists of all persuasions, much like the more well-known Speakers’ Corner in Hyde Park. A meandering stroll through the park ended with drinks in an adjacent pub.

I was struck by how the conversations I had had during the day had different paces, much like walking itself. It was easy to slip between walking and talking paces  – to walk fast and talk slow or to talk fast and walk slow, to talk all the time, to simply walk, together yet in silence. It made for a relaxing and inclusive way to discover new places and hear good stories. With others in the group, I talked about artistic practices involving older persons, photography and disability rights, an up-and-coming disability theatre company, cool ways of getting married and even aspects of organizing fashion shows. In the end, we walked and talked for five hours, a fantastic way to spend the day.

Tehseen Noorani.

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Volunteer with CoolTan Arts’ Community Legacy Walks Project and get some great free training!

CoolTan Arts Community Legacy walks provide a great opportunity to discover hidden histories, share your stories, explore art, culture and mental health history and meet new friends whilst getting healthier and becoming part of the excitement around the Olympics and Paralympics.

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We need you to help make this happen!
Gain new skills or build on existing ones, have fun, and volunteer in a safe and supportive environment … and get free training!

The weekly walk meetings take place in locations around Hackney every Tuesday 12pm-3pm and extra hours may be available with a computer from home or at the CoolTan Arts building in South London.

Current volunteering opportunities:

Admin Assistant
We need a volunteer to help with admin at our weekly walks meetings. Duties include writing minutes, distributing info about meetings and doing online listings.

Photographer
A Photography Volunteer with their own camera is wanted to record and document the walks and distribute posters and flyers in East London.

Walk Leader
We need a volunteer Walk Leader to support groups of people on a historical walk, help with group research activities and inspire people within the mental health community to talk short walks.

Communications Volunteer
There is an opportunity for a Communications Volunteer for the Walks Project which is a great opportunity for anyone interested in volunteering in PR, journalism or communications for a charity.

Practical Volunteer/Walk Assistant
We need a Practical Volunteer/Volunteer Walk Assistant which is an ideal post for someone looking to get into a routine and see if volunteering is for them. No qualifications are needed and on-the-job training will be given.

Graphic Designer
We’re also looking for help with the graphic design for the Walks Project and need a Graphic Design Volunteer to help create designs that will reflect the diversity of CoolTan’s participants.

Researcher
We need a Research Volunteer with good oral and written communications skills to help find new research for walk leaders to use on walks.

Personal experience of mental distress or empathy for people experiencing mental distress is essential in all these roles.

CoolTan Arts is running free training for everybody who volunteers with our East London Walks.
Whether you help on one walk or all our walks, volunteering with this project entitles you to all our free training below:

  • Using the Archives in Hackney: Tues 26th June, 12-3pm. Dalston James CLR Library, Hackney.
  • Mental Health First Aid: Date TBC, Center for Better Health (probably in June or July)
  • First Aid at Work: Date TBC, at CoolTan Arts (probably in June or July)

Book your place now with Clara, or discuss volunteering with this project:

clara@cooltanarts.org.uk, or ring 0207 183 0357, mobile: 07982 423559, or leave a message with CoolTan Arts’ main number: 0207 201 2696

CoolTan Arts has been awarded a Transformers grant, funded by the National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and managed by the East London Business Alliance.

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Review of the first walk

This was our first official walk.  Although it wasn’t as warm as earlier in the week, the cool and dry climate proved to be a perfect day for walking!

We started off from the Hackney Museum, walked past some of Hackney’s major architectural buildings such as Hackney Town Hall, Hackney Empire Building, through the bustling high street; where we stopped at the St John churchyard gardens.  This calm green space right in the heart of Hackney is very popular with the locals. As it happened to be a Saturday; the “Hackney homemade market” was also taking place.

We then walked over to the Tomb of Sir Francis Beaufort to learned more about the church. The church dates as far as the Norman invasion in 1066, although it is only the St Augustine’s tower that has survived as part of the original building. We also heard stories of Beaufort who is best known for inventing the Beaufort scale which made it possible for Charles Darwin to sail on the Beagle. Beaufort coded stories in his journal which was later deciphered revealing fascinating stories about his life and his mental wellbeing.

On we walked to Sutton House, the oldest residential building in Hackney. We heard the history of this building and how its name was wrongly attributed to Thomas Sutton, a man close to King Henry at the time and an important man in Hackney.  This building has housed a succession of merchants, Huguenot silk weavers, a boy’s school, a girls school, WW2 fire watchers, and in the 1980’s squatters who turned it into an alternative music venue and called it ‘the blue house’. At this point the walkers entered interesting discussions on the topic of squatting in the UK.

We marched on to the front of the Homerton Hospital, the official hospital of the Olympic Games in 2012. We stopped here for refreshments and learnt that the site was previously the home to the “new” Homerton College, founded in 1694 as a non-conformist teaching academy and later moved to Cambridge.

We carried on, before reaching our next stopping point; we started a competition to see who would spot the most number of different cuisines for sale in the area, passing through some of the local resident area and streets of Hackney.  Walkers noticed cuisines ranging from: Caribbean, Chinese, Thai, and Italian and English. We stopped in front of the water jugglers sculpture to hear that Hackney Marsh was planned to be used as part of the Olympic site but saved partly by campaigns by the community who use the space.

At this point, we started our walk along the Canal of the Lee tributary. The spring scenery along the sides of the canal was so beautiful; it was truly the highlight of the walk. There was so much to see along this route: Canals boats, spotting the variety of birds, rare black poplar trees and the Olympic Media Centre. We hear about how the canal network was built and later restored by local enthusiasts and history groups in the 70’s. One walker also gave a very interesting talk about the Graffiti work which was very prominently displayed alongside the canal.

Not long after the end of Canal, we walked pass the Greenway which led us to our final destination: The Olympic Stadium.  We witnessed the first ever public event taking place in the stadium where 5000 runners of the public are participating in a five-mile run across the London 2012 Olympic Park. We finally sat down in the View Tube where we had tea and hear many interesting facts and figures of the 2012 Olympic such as by 2012, London will become the first ever city in the world to have held three Olympic Games!

We all enjoyed the walk enormously with everyone went away gaining something, from knowledge of the history of Hackney, a new  found interest in the world of graffiti, facts about the Olympic games, meeting new people and a pleasant day out walking!

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What are you doing this Saturday?

Join us for a free guided walk!

Saturday 31st March
Starting: Hackney Museum main entrance, 1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Times: 12noon – 3.30pm
Cost: free

legacy_walkDiscover hidden histories, share your stories, explore art, culture and mental health history with CoolTan Arts Community Legacy Walks. Meet new friends, get healthier and be part of the excitement around the Olympics and Paralympics!

Our walks are organised and run by volunteers.

Meet at 12 noon outside Hackney Museum main entrance (Across the square from the Empire, buses stop on Mare Street.) Our friendly guides will be there to meet you.

Please wear sensible footwear, bring a bottle of water and some sandwiches. Walks end at the Olympic park, nearest station: Pudding Mill Lane.

Walks last approx 3.5 hours. Project mobile on the day: 07982 423559

We aim to make all walks accessible; please ring to discuss any access needs.

Be part of the project! Help design walks, training provided. CoolTan Arts welcomes volunteers with or without disabilities.

Contact Clara Jones for more information: 0207 701 2696 or clara@cooltanarts.org.uk.

CoolTan Arts has been awarded a Transformers grant, funded by the National Lottery, through the Olympic Lottery Distributor, and managed by the East London Business Alliance.

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Get involved with CoolTan Arts Community Legacy walks

Opportunity to get involved with CoolTan Arts Community Legacy walks

Run in partnership with Centre for Better Health and Hackney Museum.

Interested in Volunteering and gaining new skills? Love walking?

  • Want to explore and re-discover East London?
  • We welcome disabled volunteers, all walks are accessible.
  • Want to help uncover hidden histories?

Then this project is for you!

CALargactylShuffleOpenWeekend2201100009Join us to celebrate the legacy of 2012, re-discover the area, uncover green spaces, and share your stories old and new that reflect Olympic and Paralympic values

Take advantage of free Accredited and non-accredited training: Walk Leader Training, First Aid, Mental Health First Aid, Public Speaking and Story-telling. You can also try your hand at research, photography, stewarding and administration.

Join this fun and sociable project, make friends and be part of the 2012 Community Legacy.

Meetings and taster walks are held every Tuesday 12noon – 3pm in locations around Hackney.

To get involved or find out more, contact clara@cooltanarts.org.uk, or ring CoolTan Arts on 0207 701 2696.

Or if you prefer, join a walk! The first will be on Saturday 31st March, meeting 12 noon outside Hackney Museum. Our friendly CoolTan guides will be there to help you. Please bring a packed lunch and drinks, wear suitable clothes and sensible footwear. Walks last around 3 hours and finish at the Olympic park.

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Photos from CoolTan Arts Largactyl Shuffle Legacy Walk July 2011

An exciting urban exploration walk of the area where the Olympics and Paralympics will take place in 2012. During the walk we discovered the place, people and local community, a brilliant afternoon with lovely people. One walker said: ” This walk made me realise what the Olympics are all about and I discovered a new area in London. The walk leaders were brilliant, I learned a lot. I’ll come again!”

Photos by Brigitte Flock

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Largactyl 2 Go –Olympic-inspired urban exploration walk with CoolTan Arts

11th September, 2pm at Hackney Marshes

COOLTAN ARTS IN ASSOCIATION WITH TWO2GO…

Join CoolTan Arts for an urban exploration walk of the area where the Olympics and Paralympics will take place in 2012; find out about the place, people and local community, and how the Olympics / Paralympics affect the everyday lives of Hackney community. It will be entertaining, with lots of quirky details and facts you never knew before!

Experience the clash between the former industrial area and the funky artistic area Hackney has become, and how it changed with the preparations and constructions for the Olympics.

Explore the story of the Olympics and Paralympics, what they bring to London’s Olympic Boroughs, the changes of the area, and walk past some of the key Olympics sites.

This exciting walk is part of the main Two2Go event that also feature a trial marathon, shorter runs, arts activities and facepainting. Two2Go and CoolTan Arts gained Olympic “Inspire” status for these events due to their stimulating, accessible and participative nature.

So come down at 2pm to Hackney Marshes in Homerton Road, London, E9 5PF and take part!

The walk will end at Pudding Mill Lane by View tube; some of the walk leaders will be able to take you back to the main Two2Go event at Hackney Marshes.

Michelle Baharier, Chief Executive at CoolTan Arts says:

“It’s a once-in a life-time opportunity to become involved with the Olympics, some people get really excited about it. Currently mental health is not part of the disability side of the Olympics, the Paralympics. CoolTan Arts’ partnership with Two2Go and its involvement with the Olympics get mental health included and make people more aware of mental health issues. CoolTan Arts hopes that through this partnership we can bring mental health and wellbeing more on the agenda for the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.”

Further information about CoolTan Arts is available from Kathrin Kirrmann, Communications Manager, 020 7701 2696 or 0798 565 8443,

kathrin@cooltanarts.org.uk , http://www.cooltanarts.org.uk

For more details about Two2Go and complete event line-up: http://www.two2go.org.uk/Home

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