In July 2020 Knowle West Media Centre received a donation of nearly £1,500 from the Direct Line Group (DLG) Community Fund, after being nominated by a staff member from their Bristol office.
In April 2020, Direct Line Group (DLG) launched their new strategy to ‘Be a Force for Good‘ and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, through the DLG Community Fund, they are donating £3.5 million to support communities where their largest sites are based, as well as several national charities.
KWMC was nominated to receive support by Sandra, a Consultant at DLG. She explained: “When I heard about the Force for Good Campaign in one of our team meetings the first charity that came to mind was Knowle West Media Centre. Throughout these unprecedented times KWMC has adapted to the needs of their participants by providing digital content and enabling people to participate through online platforms.
“For some participants, this is the only contact they have had with people outside of the family unit. KWMC and KWMC: The Factory have used social media to share useful skills, such as how to make face coverings. They have also worked alongside the Knowle West Alliance who have been supporting the vulnerable and isolated.
“I was so pleased that DLG were able to offer support to this fantastic charity that makes a visible difference not just in the local area but also in the wider Bristol community.”
We plan to use the funds donated by DLG to produce friendly and accessible signage that will be displayed at KWMC and other community venues to let people know about the COVID-19 safety measures in place and ensure that they feel safe and welcome when they access public community spaces. The signs will be produced in the coming weeks, to coincide with some buildings in Knowle West beginning to re-open.
We’d like to say a big thank you to the team at Direct Line Group for their generous donation – and especially to Sandra for nominating us!
If you have a business and would like to find out more about supporting KWMC please visit the Support page. You can also donate online via the link below.