Edensor Gardens Family Fun Day

On Saturday 4th August 2018, the Edensor Gardens Family Fun Day took place—the first of its kind in the area! This was a community event organised by the local residents from Edensor Gardens in partnership with Riana Development Network to bring residents together.

We had a range of activities and stalls on display such as: Arts and Crafts, Food and Drink, Live Music Band, Brentford FC Sports Activities, Dr Bike – Free Bike Check Ups, Information Stalls, African Cultural Jewellery and Face Painting.Here is the documentary of the event filmed by Make A Difference Entertainment (MADE)We would like […]

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Community Benefits of Chocolate

On the 18th July 2018, Riana Development Network (RDN) was graced by the generosity of Lindt & Sprungli (UK) Ltd; a Feltham based chocolate company in the London Borough of Hounslow. 

Through their corporate social responsibility policy, Lindt & Sprungli (UK) Ltd donated over 300 hours of labour and tools for the RDN Schools/Community Gardening and Nature Area Outdoor learning programme at Waye Avenue Community Allotment and Cranford Primary School Nature Reserve Area.At Waye Avenue Community Allotment, with the support of the London Borough of Hounslow, […]

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End of Year Celebrations – RDN Supplementary School

On Saturday 14th July 2018, the RDN Supplementary School held the end of year celebration for the 2017-18 academic year.

Staff, students and parents always look forward to this celebration and this year was no exception. In the awards ceremony, Janet Omondi (Year 3-4 teacher), Maxwell Omondi (Year 5-6 teacher), John Ogutu and Halima Ismail (Year 7-9 and Year 10-11 teachers) gave special mentions to the achievements that students in their classes worked hard towards […]

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NRCSE Certification Evening

On Thursday 5th July 2018, our volunteers from the RDN Supplementary School received certificates for completing the Level 3 Effective Teaching in Supplementary Schools training.

The topic of the evening was: The Added Value of Language and Culture – a seminar on the role that supplementary schools play in their communities and in education. This was then followed by an awards ceremony for supplementary schools that had received quality marks, and individuals that completed the teacher training sessions. Five of […]

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Jack Petchey Foundation Awards 2018

On Wednesday 6th June 2018, two young people that had taken part in RDN programmes received the Jack Petchey Achievement Award. This was in recognition for the hard work they have put into achievements in their personal development and also for their contribution in making the local community a better place to live in.

January 2018 Award Winner: Quinter An ambassador and mentor to younger children. Quinter joined and started utilizing the services of the organization in year 7 and is now in year 10. Quinter was quite shy when she first joined the organization, however she soon gained the trust and friendship of her peers. Quinter has been […]

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Effective Teaching in Supplementary Schools

Volunteers from the RDN Supplementary School have had the opportunity to attend training sessions this year, delivered by the NRCSE on effective teaching methods.

The course, which ran from 21st February – 28th March 2018, will result in participants receiving a Level 2 or Level 3 qualification. Supplementary schools from Hammersmith and Ealing also attended, enabling the sharing of ideas and strategies for teaching. Learners progressed through the five parts of the teaching cycle: Planning, Teaching, Assessment, Feedback and […]

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Community Police Engagement: Health and Safety Talk

PC Antony O’Brien from Hounslow Metropolitan police delivered crime prevention talks in October 2017 to young people about personal safety leading up to the Christmas period.

He also talked about knife crime and gang culture and how young people or the general public could access various supports available. The young people were able to watch a video with true life story of how knife crime can change the lives of the members of the family, the victims and society at large.

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NRCSE Bronze Award for Supplementary Education

On Wednesday 25th October 2017, teachers, students and volunteers visited Hammersmith Town Hall to collect the award presented to the RDN Supplementary School.

The Mayor of Hammersmith and Fulham, Michael Cartwright, was also present at the awards ceremony. The NRCSE Bronze Quality Framework Award is a mark of accreditation for supplementary schools. It recognises good management within schools and the quality of teaching and learning that takes place. Three students from the school were selected to come to […]

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VlogStar Challenge Finals

RDN is proud to announce that Rhiannon will be the first young person from Hounslow to reach the VlogStar Challenge Finals!

At the semi-final stage, the VlogStar Challenge semi-finalists had to follow a set brief with their vlogs lasting between one and one and a half minutes. All of the participants had access to professional equipment and mentors on hand to give advice on how to produce a top quality video for an online audience. Rhiannon […]

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VlogStar Challenge Semi-Finalist!

Riana Development Network would like to say congratulations to Rhiannon for reaching the VlogStar Challenge 2016/17 semi-finals!

An enthusiastic individual – Rhiannon demonstrated a natural confidence and a sense of maturity when presenting in front of the camera in the Hounslow VlogStar workshop in September. Young people were given the chance to talk about social issues or about what inspires them in life. Rhiannon caught up with RDN Youth Coordinator, Maxwell Omondi […]

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Local MP Ruth Cadbury Visits RDN

On Saturday 26th February, Ruth Cadbury (local MP for Brentford & Isleworth) visited the RDN Supplementary School.

Chairman, Job Omondi, was present to warmly welcome Ruth on her arrival. He spoke of how appreciative the organisation was for Ruth to take time out of her busy schedule to see the great work RDN is doing. Parents, trustees and previous volunteers were invited to attend the open session, alongside existing students at the […]

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Tesco’s Bags of Help Initiative

Our Cranford Community Allotment project has been shortlisted to receive a grant from Tesco's Bags of Help initiative.

Here are some of the details of the scheme below. Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales. The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from […]

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RDN Saturday School returns for new term

Our Supplementary Education programme continues this academic year, on Saturday 10th September 2016 for those in Years 3 to 10.

RDN is running Saturday school classes in English and Maths. All the sessions are tailored to help prepare pupils to pass their SATs exams at the end of primary and further their secondary education. We follow the National Curriculum set by the Department of Education and ensure students are given work that are set to their […]

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Cranford Fun Day

On Wednesday 3rd August, volunteers from RDN and Heston West Community Partnership organised a fun day for the local community.

This was as part of the 8 week course of Life Skills sessions they had attended in preparation for the day. Check out the video that was made by MADE TV, showcasing the young people and their achievements! Documentary  

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Heston West Life Skills Blog

Riana Development Network (RDN) and Heston West Community Partnership (HWCP) have delivered workshops in the Heston West area.

The goal was to equip youth in the area with skills that were useful for life. These included:BudgetingEvent PlanningNegotiationCommunication skillsTeamworkFilm and Media skillsWorking to deadlinesThe outcome of the initiative was to organise a community event for the local families in the area which will be on Wednesday 3rd August. The young people participating in the […]

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Life Skills Heston – Week 8

Promo Filming

This week was the last week for our Life Skills sessions. We had been inspired by our Made TV film sessions earlier in the month so we decided to film our promotional video. It was a challenging shoot as we had limited resources and small cast but we managed to do all the filming in […]

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Life Skills Heston – Week 7

Leadership Skills

Matthews (RDN) led the session, giving us a talk on how leadership plays a very important role in volunteering and event planning. We watched a video where different people spoke about the qualities that make a good leader. Some of these ranged from being a good listener to being able to compromise. We soon discovered […]

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Life Skills Heston – Week 6

Budgeting and Negotiation

With the event planning underway, the group decided to focus more on the budget this week. We split into smaller teams to find out how much certain items would cost such as the venue. There were good discussions going on comparing deals with other shops and venues. One tip that Rodgers (RDN) and Taz (Heston […]

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Life Skills Heston – Week 5

Event Planning

With the help of Rodgers from RDN, we started planning our community event. It quickly became clear that there were lots of things to consider such as: Venue location Activities Cost of hiring and buying other items Who would volunteer on the day When the event should take place How to advertise it As a group we […]

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Life Skills Heston – Week 4

Made TV – Workshop 2

Due to the popularity of the workshop delivered beforehand, Blaise Singh from MADE TV came back to deliver another session on film and media. He was accompanied by Ben Ah-Time who worked with us to make a video clip on our local area. We were split into two groups and given a design brief which […]

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Netball Press Release

An England netball star is set to visit Hounslow in a bid to infuse young people with a passion for the sport.

Lindsay Keable will join young people for a coaching session at the court by the Alf Chandler Centre, in Benson Close, Hounslow, on Saturday, June 4, from 4.30pm-5.30pm. England netball player Lindsay Keable She will meet youngsters taking part in a Sportivate netball project, run by Riana Development Network with support from London Sport. Sportivate […]

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Life Skills Heston – Week 3

Made TV - Workshop 1

Make A Difference Entertainment (MADE) came to deliver a workshop on how we can use media to spread a message. The session focused on the creative process of turning an idea into a professional media piece. We were able to film using DSLRs and an auto-cue system to create a promo video for the Queen’s 90th […]

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Netball Fever hits Hounslow

On Saturday 28th May, England international, Lindsay Keable came to Hounslow to support RDN's netball club, funded by Sportivate.

There was a sense of excitement as Lindsay walked in on the participants as many of them were amazed at how tall she was. The turnout was large and boys and girls alike got involved in passing, shooting and footwork skills to improve their game. When asked what was their favourite part of the session, […]

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Life Skills Heston – Week 2

Getting Stuck In! The Brainstorm

Janet from RDN took the session, inspiring us to think creatively about possible project ideas to do in the area. To help us with the brainstorming, we watched a short video clip on how sharing our skills and talents contribute to making a project work. The clip focused on a charity in Africa which helped […]

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Life Skills Heston – Week 1

The Launch! All About Volunteering

The first week saw a great turnout of enthusiastic volunteers. We had Catherine from Volunteer Hounslow come to us to talk about the benefits of volunteering. We discussed the reasons why people choose to do voluntary work and how some organisations are willing to subsidise travel expenses during a placement. There were many different places […]

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Life Skills

The workshops will be delivered by Riana Network Development and Heston West Big Local.

 These workshops are designed to enable and encourage young people to:Develop and deliver a community activity and event.Learn leadership and public speaking skillsFind creative ways to express yourself through film, photography and other areas.Find ways to volunteer in the community and have fun.The Life Skills Workshops starts next Wednesday 4th May from 5 to 7pm (and […]

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Cook & Taste Press Release

RDN has been delivering Cook & Taste sessions in Heston West as part of our Health & Wellbeing project. Below is an extract from an article from getwestlondon written by Robert Cumber

Healthy Cooking Classes I dropped in on a Friday cookery and nutrition workshop run by Rodgers Orero, of the Riana Development Network. Participants are taught how to eat well for less, before putting into practice what they learn by rustling up a meal, with each week focusing on a different country’s cuisine. “We want to […]

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Growing Healthy Together project: Riana and Groundwork community allotment

Groundwork South and Riana Development Network (RDN) are involved in a local allotment project at Waye Avenue in Heston/Cranford.

Preparations have been going on over the last months to make plots and seedlings available and ready for individuals and organisations interested in community allotment as a unique ‘growing healthy together’ opportunity. Now’s the time to connect with us and join in – the team are very dedicated and friendly trainers from Groundwork South, friendly […]

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Local Children with Global Issues

Global Community Links Project puts universal education and global partnership in the frame with young people in Housnlow linking with Magina Community Centre in Kenya.

Riana Development Foundation Network (RDFN) has been funded by UKaid from the Department of International Development to run workshops for young people to engage in Global links. Linking young people and  children enables them to explore and take active part in local solutions to the global issues that affect their communities and the larger world. […]

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Hounslow Youth Capture City Living

16 YOUNG Hounslow borough residents have captured London life on camera for a global photography scheme.

The work of the youngsters went on display at Hounslow Library on Thursday December 9 2010, and is expected to be available for people to view for around three weeks. ‘City Living’ was the theme of the project, run by a charity called Plan UK, which works in 48 developing countries to support children. The scheme […]

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