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A thank you to KWMC volunteers

As part of National Volunteers’ Week 2014, Knowle West Media Centre staff would like to publicly thank our volunteers:

“Volunteers are absolutely vital to Social Mirror. This year our volunteers have helped us to issue nearly 150 social prescriptions to community members in Knowle West. Their hard work has really changed people’s lives, helping to inspire people to improve their health and wellbeing. I want to give my thanks to all the volunteers who have made this possible. Without them the project wouldn’t have happened.”
Lucinda Thelwell, Volunteer Coordinator (Social Mirror)

“A huge ‘thank you’ to all the volunteers who help out at the Beginners’ Computer Class. Without them we couldn’t help so many older people in the local community. The students really appreciate their patience and knowledge.”
Martin Hanstead, Digital Neighbourhoods Tutor

“The wide range of skills our volunteers have enables us to offer so many more opportunities to young people through our regular programme and holiday activities than we could provide with our core team alone. Because of our volunteers young people can record their own music with an experienced sound engineer, create a computer game with an expert coder, transform a piano into something new with skilled group workers and so much more. Thank you.”
Beccy Thomas, Programme Manager (Young People)

“Without the valuable time and enthusiasm of the volunteers working with the “Do What You Love” Programme our participants would not have been able to have received such valuable support. Thanks to the volunteers who have supported the sewing group and laser cutting in particular. You know who you are and the participants are very grateful.”
Justin Ricks, Green Digital Business Programme Manager

“Our Front of House and Administration Volunteers provide invaluable support to a busy, multitasking staff team. I’m always impressed to see how quickly our volunteers grow in confidence and I’m really pleased by how many are now in paid employment.”
Michaela Micrae Simpson, Operations and Buildings Manager

“A huge thank you to all the community reporter volunteers past and present for their tireless work over the past 18 months. I appreciate the hours you have put in chasing up stories, interviewing local celebrities and taking photos at events. You have painstakingly worked on your articles to fine tune them into brilliant copy – keep up the good work. Without you we wouldn’t be able to sniff out all the good stories and give this area a voice”
Sue Mackinnon, Community Journalism Tutor

“I’d like to thank everyone who helps me to turn a pile of articles and a folder of photos into a twelve-page newsletter every issue! The editorial group give me invaluable guidance in identifying the key news items for each issue and, as Sue Mackinnon has said, the many contributors and reporters do a sterling job of bringing events, important community issues and good news stories to our attention. The Knowledge newsletter volunteers help me ensure that Knowle West residents are well-informed about the things that affect their area – and, crucially, that they have a place where they can have their say. I’m really proud to edit a newsletter that people genuinely look forward to receiving and I’m very grateful for the team.”
Rachel Clarke, Newsletter Editor

“Between April 2013 and March 2014 KWMC has had the good fortune to have had over 62 volunteers contributing over 790 valuable hours of their time supporting people here, many of whom are local residents and children who come to learn new skills, express their ideas and get creative. Some of our volunteers go on to get jobs because of the experience they have had, some go back to their jobs with new insights and a different perspective on life, some just have fun and enjoy meeting new people and sharing their expertise. Much of what we do would not be possible without the commitment and energy of all those who volunteer and so a big thank you from me to all of them.  I’d especially like to thank Professor Rodric Yates who last year donated a great deal of his very valuable time and expertise to helping over 16 young people learn coding and tech skills and contributed to our Curating Activism programme.”
Carolyn Hassan, Director

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Michaela Macrae Simpson or call 0117 903 0444.

Michelle’s journey

In November 2012, I decided to put myself forward as a volunteer.  I had already enrolled on a Btec Level 1 Business Administration course with the City of Bristol College.  This would only take up one day a week and I was attending work club one morning per week.  I needed to do something practical: volunteering was that something.

I contacted Knowle West Media Centre – I heard that they needed volunteers for their Front of House.  I was invited to go along to an informal interview which most certainly set me at ease.  I then attended an introduction day with other volunteers.  We were shown around the building which is great in itself.  We were also informed of all the interesting things that go on there.

I decided to give ten hours per week over two days.  I did all sorts of administrative duties: from filing and printing to covering reception, from being involved in large projects to greeting visitors.

The whole team at the centre were great to work with: they were welcoming and understanding.  I felt like part of a truly brilliant team who go out of their way to help the community.  They offer several courses from basic ICT to photography, media and music.  These courses are for people of all ages.

It is just a great place to regain your confidence and make you feel like you have made a difference.  I can’t thank all the staff enough for giving me the opportunity.

Here at KWMC,
Everyone is, oh, so bubbly,
What a great time I have had,
Now I have left, is, oh, so sad.

The team, just great and friendly,
Some of them young and trendy,
Always there, ready to help others,
Just like a family of sisters and brothers.

A few hours a week of your help will do,
With music, photography and I.T. too,
So, go on, give it a go,
Use all your knowledge, put it on show.”

(Michelle Price, Front of House Volunteer) Find out more about volunteering here.

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

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