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Our Digital City

Our Digital City aims to create truly inclusive ‘smart city’ where no one is left behind and everyone can access the benefits of technology.

Knowle West Media Centre is collaborating with communities and organisations within Knowle West and across the city to share skills, tools and ways of working. Beyond Knowle West, we are working closely with Hartcliffe and Withywood, St Pauls, Easton, Barton Hill, Lockleaze and Southmead.

Through Our Digital City we want to improve access to information, services and opportunities for people across Bristol, so they can develop new skills and become more active in their communities.

• Connecting people and communities using new technologies

• Supporting ideas to create social change

• Developing a digital toolkit – shareable resources for city-wide communities and organisations

Get in touch with Makala, Jess or Emm for more details!

Digital skills workshops, courses and events

Since 2011 our team of staff and dedicated volunteers have run an informal weekly drop-in class which has welcomed people of all ages from Knowle West and across Bristol to learn more about computers, the internet and technology. In September 2017 we relaunched the class with a new programme of activities, including smartphone and tablet tools and tips sessions.

In February we’re launching new Tech Cafe sessions in Knowle West – join us to start tackling your technology and learn new skills.

We have supported Knowle West Health Association with social media strategy.

At St Paul’s Learning Centre we launched a pilot of Café smart phone help sessions, helping people of all ages tackle their tech.

We started a series of computer classes at Barton Hill Settlement as part of our ‘train the trainer’ approach helping their staff become confident workshop leaders.

Want to learn more about social media or communicating with your community? We offer training and advice, contact Emm for more information.

Digital manufacturing at The Factory

In August 2017 a team of residents worked with artist-in-residence Mimi Chambre to transform Filwood Broadway into ‘Filwood Boulevard’. The group attended workshops at The Factory to learn how to construct and finish timber planters for growing flowers, herbs and other plants. The co-created planter was then installed on Filwood Broadway.

We’ve also been working with a group of young mums who are involved with Knowle West Children’s Centre, developing digital fabrication skills. They have been attending weekly workshops to learn how to use design software and laser cutting techniques – gaining confidence to create their own designs. In 2018, as well as continuing to up-skill, we will be exploring small business opportunities with them.

In the future we will have a mobile making kit so we can bring digital manufacturing to other areas in Bristol.

If you would like to arrange a visit or taster session at The Factory or hear about upcoming opportunities, please get in touch

Community Journalism

Community journalism training gives people the skills to write for local publications and websites – providing a platform for people to have their voices heard.

Classes include news and feature writing, interview skills, web management, editing, photography, podcasts, social media and blogging. As well as providing a means for residents to have their say on local issues – the courses have helped many trainees gain the confidence to go into further education, work or volunteering.

In 2017, we worked alongside the Jump Studios to deliver a 10 week ‘Jump into Journalism’ course for young people from across Bristol.

We are also working with other community communications groups across Bristol to share practice.

Contact Sue for more information on how you can get involved.

Bristol Approach to citizen sensing

The Bristol Approach to ‘Citizen Sensing’ aims to inspire and provide skills to as many people as possible to get involved in sensing, using sensing technology to benefit their community.

The approach places emphasis on creative engagement, co-design, interdisciplinary collaboration, skills development and storytelling to make sense of data.

Through REPLICATE, we are currently working with a school, a community of cyclists and a group of taxi drivers in Easton to look at air quality in Bristol.

We are also currently offering introductory workshops for groups and organisations – please get in touch to find out more. 

Contact Us

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

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