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#GiveMe5 Campaign – donate online and it could be doubled!

This week is Small Charity Week, a celebration of the UK’s small charity sector.  As part of this week, we’re taking part in Localgiving’s #GiveMe5 campaign, which will double 1,000 x £5 donations made to charities through their online platform on Thursday 16th June.

The campaign is open for 24 hours and all £5 donations have the same chance of being matched. At the end of the 24 hours, 1,000 donations will be randomly selected to benefit from an additional £5 of match funding, with successful donors being notified within three working days.

Please support Knowle West Media Centre on Thursday 16th June and be in with a chance of doubling your donation! You can take part in #GiveMe5 and donate to KWMC here.

Your support helps us to keep our projects running, develop new ideas, support people into education, employment and training, and give young people access to new opportunities.  For more information about the impact of our work please click here.

Success for The Factory in Skills & Opportunities fund

We are delighted to announce that Knowle West Media Centre has been awarded a share of NatWest’s £2.5 million Skills and Opportunities Fund.

We have been awarded £23,965 to provide workshops at our training and making space KWMC The Factory. These workshops will support 120 people, particularly those currently under-represented in enterprise, to develop the skills and knowledge to thrive in the manufacturing and making industries.

KWMC is one of three organisations selected in the South West, alongside I Can Do That CIC in Torquay and West Devon Business Information Point in Okehampton. The Skills & Opportunities Fund ‘supports organisations in disadvantaged communities that help people develop, create, or access the skills and opportunities they need to get into work or start a business.’ Charities, not-for-profit organisations and state-funded schools and colleges can apply for up to £35,000 each for a specific project from the fund.

Oliver Watts, Chairman of NatWest’s South West and Wales Regional Board, said: “It was a challenging decision because of the standard of entries we received. But the panel felt that all of the organisations would make a massive impact in their local communities.”

We know that satisfaction with local jobs is very low in our area – around 12% in the latest neighbourhood statistical report – and this funding will enable us to support more people to explore the possibilities of self-employment. Over the next few months we’ll be delivering a range of skills development workshops in digital fabrication, prototyping and product design, and we’re looking forward to supporting more local people, from all backgrounds, to make it in business.

A huge thank you to everyone who voted for KWMC in the public vote and helped to spread the word about our programme.  Watch this space for more information…

If you’d like to register your interest in the ‘Making it in Business’ workshops please contact Justin Ricks on 0117 903 0444 or



Dementia Awareness Week: 17 – 23 May

Dementia is something that 1 in 14 people over 65 experience at any one time, but it is also something that can affect people as young as 30. It can mean a big change in how you experience the world, it can have an impact on your relationships, and can affect your memory.

However, people can live well with dementia and there are things that you can do to support your friends and loved ones. Dementia Awareness Week is about promoting the things we can do to help people with dementia do the things that they love.

Here at KWMC there are lots of activities and events that are welcoming to people with dementia. Our MemoryScapes project can also take activities to care homes or day centres, or create bespoke memory boxes for groups. To find out more or to tell us about a care home or group that you think might be interested, please contact Lucinda or call 0117 903 0444.

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

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