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Share your stories of being ‘Active in Lockdown’

Did you become more physically active during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020?

Are you making an effort to stay active in the 2021 lockdown?

If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Active in Lockdown is a new project by the University of Bristol and Knowle West Media Centre that will explore our experiences of staying active during the COVID-19 pandemic, preserving them for people to look back on in the future.

We’re keen to hear and record your stories of cycling, running, walking or any form of human-powered mobility during lockdown! We’d love to hear a variety of stories and experiences from people who became more active during the first period of lockdown as well as people who are now trying to remain active in the dark winter months of the pandemic.

What’s the project about?

The project aims to document the huge surge in active leisure in Bristol and the surrounding area during England’s first lockdown (March – July 2020).

It will also record the stories of five Bristol residents who have discovered or returned to active leisure as they try to maintain their activity levels over the winter (January-March 2021).

To read more about the wider project, visit the University of Bristol website here.

Why are we doing this? 

We want to create a freely available digital archive of stories and experiences so that we can learn some immediate lessons from them and also have a historical record of how the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed people’s lives and relationship to the world around them.

Your stories would also be used to evaluate the physical and emotional benefits of active leisure and the difficulties of maintaining levels of activity when lockdown ended. This would then help us create a series of policy recommendations for Bristol City Council, the West of England Combined Authority (WECA), regional public health organisations, and other bodies interested in improving quality of life in the area.

What will I get out of it? 

As well as being part of a historical record of people’s experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, you’ll be able to meet other people, develop your digital storytelling skills and document your lockdown activity through a series of interactive online film-making workshops.

We’ll support you to use your mobile phone and free (‘open source’) editing software to make your films, which will be shown in an online celebration screening at the end of the project! These workshops will take place from February 2021 – through to April 2021. 

Do you have questions?  Want to get involved? Contact Josephine Gyasi at KWMC via josephine@kwmc.org.uk

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Change Creators: Week Three

On Monday 14th March the Change Creators met at Paper Arts in Broadmead, for a workshop led by Justin Ricks, Business Development Manager at KWMC: The Factory. He took the group through five key stages of project management and offered advice and expertise. This helped the Change Creators to identify tasks they still need to complete in the planning of their social change campaigns and see how successful management can benefit a project. Both groups are now well equipped with useful information to work collaboratively to successfully run their campaigns about food waste and mental health.

The group also met with Sam Nwankwo and Ali Rohafza from Altitude Tech, the company that designed the Sensly, a portable pollution sensor capable of detecting the pollution levels in the air. The Change Creators pitched their ideas to Ali and Sam, who then discussed with the Change Creators whether their sensing ideas were viable and if they are likely to work within their campaigns [See their ideas here]. They were also able to offer an insight into creating a device that uses sensors, covering topics such as time, money, planning, preparation and research. This information was highly valuable to the Change Creators and they now have a good idea of the time frame they will be working within.

KWMC’S Young People’s Programme Manager Mena Fombo commented: “Last nights masterclass,  which involved testing some ideas of what’s possible to sense with Altitude was really invaluable for the teams. The expertise which Ali and Sam were able to bring to the table has really opened the doors for the directions of both these campaigns. It was great for everyone in the room to hear ‘yes, this is possible’ in response to some of the sensing ideas.”

The Change Creators will continue to move forward with their planning and research over the coming weeks.

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Change Creators: Induction Week

On Thursday 18th February, the Change Creators programme kicked off with a two-hour induction evening at Knowle West Media Centre. The session was designed to bring all of the Change Creators together for the first time and to challenge them in a team-based activity.

The team had to plan and execute a photo shoot in just 55 minutes and produce a powerful individual portrait of each person and two dynamic group photos. The team were given a camera, lights and access to Apple iMac computers, but the rest was up to them…The purpose of the task was to give the team an insight into what the next four months will entail, preparing them to take on positions of leadership and work collaboratively as a team.

To find out more visit the Change Creators page.

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Meet the 2015 Junior Digital Producers

In October 2015 Knowle West Media Centre employed eight young people aged 18-24 as Junior Digital Producers (JDPs), a role supported by the Creative Employment Programme.

During their six months’ employment with us, the JDPs learn in-demand digital skills from industry experts, such as coding, animation, filmmaking and design, whilst being supported to improve their confidence and professionalism. Their training takes place within the context of a ‘real life’ project that aims to produce a positive social impact by working with local people to respond to an identified need.

They are the third group to be employed in this way – the first having worked on the Data Patchwork programme and the second on an interactive documentary.

The 2015 JDPs are Alex, Chris, Dipo, Gage, George, Kelly, Raddy and Yasmin. This year the JDPs will be working on the food research project Who decides what’s in my fridge?

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Seven of the eight Junior Digital Producers for 2015: Gage, Chris, Yasmin, Alex, Raddy, George and Dipo. Not pictured: Kelly.

 

 

Participant Begins Studies At UWE

In January 2015, Sue Henley started a foundation English degree at the University of the West of England (UWE). The course requires basic computer skills, so Sue comes in to Knowle West Media Centre’s Computers for Beginners class on Tuesday mornings where we give her support and encouragement.

We caught up with Sue and asked her a few questions about her experience in our class:

Q: What skills have you learned?
A: When I started this course I was very nervous. I have learned to do word processing and am learning to use images.

Q: What was the best thing about the course?
A: Walking in the door and meeting people that wanted to learn. We get along well as a group and are all at different levels.

We’d like to wish Sue the best of luck with her degree!  If you’re interested in joining the Computers for Beginners class please call our reception on 0117 903 0444 or visit the Events page.

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Meet the 2014 Junior Digital Producers

In October 2014 Knowle West Media Centre employed eight Junior Digital Producers (JDPs) – a group of young people aged 18-24 who are working collaboratively on an exciting web design, video and data project called ‘Visible You‘.

The project will produce an interactive documentary focusing on social isolation amongst teenagers in South Bristol.

The Junior Digital Producers (JDPs) are with us for six months, in a role supported by the Creative Employment Programme, and they are the second cohort of young people to be employed in this way – the first having worked on the Data Patchwork programme. Throughout their six months with us, all JDPs receive skills and employability training, whilst undertaking project work and research.

Some are joining us straight from education whilst others have had various work experiences. As the group are at the halfway point between education and their first job in the creative industries, the JDP role offers the opportunity to learn new skills and grow in a creative environment. So far they have had workshops covering web coding, photography, documentary and film training. They have been guided by project leader Naomi Yates, who has organised external workshops with organisations and companies including Ludic Rooms.

Now in the programme’s third month, the JDPs each have their roles within the project and they will be updating the Visible You project page regularly.

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Lawrence Weston Community Farm

In March 2014 we ran a training course for employees of Lawrence Weston Community Farm. ‘Make Your Own Website Using WordPress’ was very well received.

Feedback included: “very satisfied – very good training which was really geared towards questions raised by the group” and “I felt the training was well-tailored to our needs.

If you’re interested in commissioning KWMC to run a training session visit the Media Studio.

What we’re dreaming of in 2015

Bristol Maker Lab is one of the big ideas dreamed up in our Do What You Love programme – we hope it will be a place for everyone to make their own products and become entrepreneurs. Bristol Maker Lab will have the very latest equipment, like 3D printers and laser cutters, with experts on hand to show people how to use them. It will be open to the public so that people can start designing and making things to sell. There’ll be a programme of classes about how to make great things using the equipment – anything from jewellery to robots to spare parts for washing machines. We’ve made a lovely brochure explaining how it will all work, which you can download here: Bristol Maker Lab For more details contact Hazel or Justin.

 

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Filwood Opportunities Fayre

Are you recruiting for a skills course or hiring in early 2014?
Is your organisation on the look out for volunteers?
Do you want to raise awareness of your advice or education services South Bristol?

A group of organisations, including KWMC, are collaborating to organise an Opportunities Fayre in Knowle West / Filwood in January 2014. We’d like to invite employers, training providers, voluntary organisations and advice agencies to get involved.

Filwood Opportunities Fayre

Wednesday 22nd, Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th January 2014
10am – 3pm (Wednesday and Friday), 10am – 6pm (Thursday)
Filwood Community Centre, Barnstaple Road, BS4 1JP

The Fayre will provide Knowle West residents who aren’t in education, training or employment with information, taster activities and signposting to opportunities within their community and the surrounding area. The aim of the event is to encourage them to take the next step in their personal or professional journey.

Space is limited so please send expressions of interest before the end of 2013. The more visual, practical and interactive you can make your stall the better!

Employers interested in participating in the Fayre should contact Iris Eiting at re:work: iris@reworkltd.org.uk
Training providers should contact Louise Hunt at The Park: louise.hunt@theparkknowle.org.uk
Organisations seeking volunteers should contact Sue Mackinnon here at Knowle West Media Centre: sue@kwmc.org.uk

Please direct any other queries to Anita Pearce (0117 908 4248) or Rachel Clarke (0117 353 4609).

Filwood Opportunties Fayre

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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