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What difference does Knowle West Media Centre make? How does our work with technology and the arts impact people and communities?

Our mission is to achieve social, environmental and economic regeneration by involving the community in media activity, education and action. We evaluate all of our work against these three aims to make sure our work is effective.

At KWMC in the financial year 2014-15:

  • There were 11,797 attendances at events, workshops and projects
  • 2,620 individual people took part in our activities
    • More than half of these people were under 25
    • Nearly quarter of them were over 60
    • More than 40% were from BS4
  • 23 young people had work experience placements
  • 49 Volunteers worked 630 hours
  • 14 young people were employed as apprentices or interns
  • 5 additional full time jobs were created
  • We supported 62 people for 12 hours or more, to consider self-employment as an option
  • We supported the set up and development of 8 businesses
  • 474 pieces of furniture were built by the Pop-Up Furniture Factory team
  • 9 Apps were produced which have been downloaded over 10,000 times
  • 32,500 newsletters or magazines were produced and distributed
  • There were over 30,000 visits to our website
  • There were 56,000,000 downloads of audio, video and live streaming of KWMC’s work and activities
  • We worked with 11 European partners, from four countries outside the UK, to identify innovative and environmentally beneficial uses of open data
  • We worked with 10 different academic partner organisations to inform research about the socially beneficial uses and applications of digital media, tools and data.


The difference these experiences make for individuals is illustrated in a set of stories about people’s journeys and experiences.

How does Knowle West Media Centre make a difference?
1. By working with people to build tools, skills and places that will support positive social change

We work with people to create learning spaces and we provide skills training and opportunities for all ages to experiment with ‘making and producing’. In the last 12 months we have:


2. By shaping the way we’ll live in the future by experimenting with new ideas

We develop opportunities for a wide range of people to ‘imagine’ the future, by testing ideas and technology within communities, public spaces and homes. In the last 12 months we have:


3. By making visible the cultural and creative wealth that exists within communities

We support people to celebrate and build on the assets within their neighbourhood, and we ensure there are meaningful opportunities for people to engage in arts and culture in Bristol – particularly those who have had the least opportunity. In the last 12 months we have:

Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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