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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. Do you need help to sort your CV, use your tablet or access online services, such as shopping online? Our friendly team offer free one-to-one sessions to help you get to grips with technology. Call 0117 903 0444 and ask for Lewis.

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 Zoe to get started today!

Learning under Lockdown: Online digital skills with Our Digital City

As part of the ongoing mission to equip community organisations with the digital skills necessary for adequate development in the modern world, Our Digital City delivered a series of film making workshops via online video conferencing during the period of national lockdown. Our Digital City were approached by Avonmouth Community Centre wanting to become self-sufficient in creating video content as a means to engage their local residents. The...

Film training programme puts volunteers in the spotlight

In early 2019 the Our Digital City team were approached by Hartcliffe & Withywood Community Partnership (HWCP) and asked to help teach a group of local residents and community leaders how to shoot, edit and produce their own short film, showcasing the excellent volunteer work being done by local residents  and groups within their community. Today's consumer technology...

Virtual Reality with Bristol Community Links South (Knowle West)

Building new and strengthening existing relationships within communities is one of the key aspects of what we do under the Our Digital City banner. Bristol Community Links South (located here in Knowle West) is one of the local services with whom we have spent time getting to know better over recent months. Many of their service users are elderly, living...

Co-Creation with WECIL

Here at KWMC we pride ourselves on the co-creation of work with others. Whether it’s organisations, community activists or the individual, we use digital media and technology to empower people to make positive change. Over the last year, the Our Digital City team have been working across the city to build new partnerships with various organisations. One...

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
+44 (0) 117 903 0444

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