I met [KWMC Director] Carolyn at the project in 2006 when it was based at the old William Budd Centre. I was offered an amazing opportunity to come and work on the Environmental Programme with the team. I worked on lots of different projects with the community including the Knowle West Green Map, The Carbon Makeover Project, Knowle West’s first Food Festival and many others. I was lucky enough to be there when the new centre opened in 2008 and helped to design the outside space with locals.
I don’t think the central vision for KWMC has fundamentally changed but it has evolved, expanded and impacted more and more people. The physical space at the centre has enabled a wonderful, creative and stable environment that everyone has benefited from.
It constantly inspires me. Ten years on from ‘first contact’ memories come to me often of the people I met, the incredible sense of community I was part of and the high quality and cutting edge community media work that was produced.
It has shown that community media can be an important part of the fabric of a place and its people. The way that KWMC approaches each project and initiative means that it is used to educate, communicate, celebrate and proliferate – stories, issues and ideas.
I have many…….working with everyone to put on the Knowle West Food Fest. Walking into the produce tent and seeing the vegetables, especially veggie monsters, that people had entered.
Sitting at the new conference table with the view of Dundry after we had celebrated its creation on the hill with a bonfire, with me wearing a boiler suit!
Sitting in a meeting room in London with a view of St. Paul’s Cathedral talking about KWMC and its work to a group of people, who were all looking to learn from what was being carried out in Knowle West. I had the feeling that our work being recognised and regarded at a national level – and what an impact we were having on other communities and people in the UK.
Great to know that it’s still going strong after 20 years. What an incredible achievement.