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Our Digital City

Our Digital City aims to create a 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. We are connecting people using new technologies, supporting social change and developing resources for the city.

Digital skills workshops, courses and events

We welcome people of all ages from Knowle West and across Bristol to learn more about computers, the internet and technology. In 2017 we relaunched the Getting to Know Computers class with a new programme of activities, including tools and tips for smartphones and tablets. In February we’re launching new Tech Cafe sessions in Knowle West.

At St Paul’s Learning Centre we launched sessions helping people tackle their tech. In Barton Hill Settlement and Baggator Easton as part of our ‘train the trainer’ approach, we helped staff become confident workshop leaders. We have supported Knowle West Health Association with a social media strategy.

We’re always looking for new people and organisations to work with Contact Emm to get started today!

Roger’s Journey: tackling technology in just 12 weeks

It is easy to feel left out when trying to understand the rapidly changing technology around us. Especially when you don’t have access to a computer or someone in your life to support your learning. Gaining digital skills, can help people feel more connected to what’s happening in their community and more confident both at work and doing everyday tasks. Since...

Digital manufacturing at The Factory

In 2017 local people worked with artist Mimi Chambre to revamp Filwood Broadway. At The Factory, they learnt how to construct and finish timber planters for growing flowers and herbs. The planter now sits proudly on the locally renamed ‘Filwood Boulevard’.

We are currently working with young mums from Knowle West Children’s Centre, developing digital fabrication skills and exploring business opportunities. They are learning how to use design software and laser cutting techniques to create products that could be the start of a small business.

We will soon have a mobile making kit bringing digital manufacturing to other areas. To arrange a visit or taster session at The Factory please get in touch with Jess

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. 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.

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, 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
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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