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The Cotch

THIS IS MORE THAN A SPACE

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cotch /kɒtʃ/ verb

spend time relaxing

THIS IS US, is a initiative that seeks to repurpose an unused space in Walthamstow Central into a vibrant hub for young people aged 14-25. The Cotch project is designed to offer a blend of lifestyle and life skills workshops, business and homework clubs, co-working spaces, and creative opportunities, all led by
our industry professionals and mentors.

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Growing Our GRDNS

This initiative underscores the
importance of real-world experience in complementing traditional education,
providing young people with unique
opportunities and industry connections.

One of the unique aspects of
THIS IS US is the integration of
diverse field exposure, encouraging
collaboration among participants
across different disciplines, from design to sport.

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Get Creative

Design and Fashion

Podcasting

Drama and Film

Business Management

Photography

Understanding the business side of creative
industries is crucial for any aspiring professional. THIS IS US introduces young participants to business management, entrepreneurship, and start-up culture fundamentals. They will take on roles that involve planning, organising, and running the space’s various projects and events.

Business Management

Participants interested in design or fashion will find THIS IS US an ideal environment to explore creativity. They will engage in activities such as organising fashion shows, designing merchandise for the space, and even managing a small-scale production line for local designers—workshops led by professionals in the field.

Design & Fashion 

Podcasting has become a powerful medium for storytelling, journalism, and personal expression. At THIS IS US, young people will learn the ins and outs of podcasting, from conceptualisation to production and distribution. They will manage a dedicated pop-up podcasting studio, create content that resonates with their community, and develop audio editing, sound design and marketing skills.

Podcasting

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THIS IS US

The Cotch is more than just a physical space; it's a haven for young people seeking respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Our mission is to provide a nurturing environment where youth can explore their interests, engage in meaningful activities, and forge lasting friendships.

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