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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 justin.ricks@kwmc.org.uk

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Cast your vote and help South Bristol ‘make it in business’

Our digital manufacturing space, KWMC The Factory, has been shortlisted for the RBS Skills & Opportunities Fund, for a new programme that will support people to explore entrepreneurship and make their business dreams a reality.

You could help us make it happen by casting your vote: find out more about our proposal here and vote online here.

The Factory is KWMC’s making and training space: we create digitally manufactured products and provide opportunities for everyone to “make it” by opening up access to tools and technologies including a CNC router and laser cutter.

Our ‘Making it in business’ workshops will support people to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to thrive in the manufacturing and making industries and consider setting up their own businesses. We aim to work with 120 participants from South Bristol, especially those currently under-represented in enterprise including young people, women and Knowle West residents.

We’re planning to deliver a range of skills development workshops in digital fabrication, prototyping, product design, market research and costing. Those who want to develop their idea into a business will be supported to understand the next steps and participants can continue using The Factory’s facilities after the programme.

We know that satisfaction with local jobs is very low in our area at just 12% (Filwood ward, Quality of Life survey by Bristol City Council 2013) – and with just three clicks you can help us support more people to make it in business!

Voting closes at midday on Friday 22nd April. Cast your vote at: http://skillsandopportunitiesfund.rbs.co.uk/vote/vote-in-south-west-and-wales.html

Photo: Photography © Max McClure

Support young people with just a few clicks…

This month please use your clicking fingers for good and support our campaign for Aviva Community Funding.  With just a few clicks you can help us provide an inspiring summer programme for young people in Bristol.

We want to encourage and support more young people to be creative, active members of their communities, and help them to develop new skills they can use both in school and out.

Through ‘Jump Into…’ they will design and create sustainable fashion, build their very own robots, and make jewellery using the latest ‘Maker Lab’ technologies, such as laser cutters.

Registration takes just a few clicks: visit our page and click on ‘Register / Log in’.

When you’ve registered you’ll be given 10 votes: every vote counts, so please show us your support! You can vote until May 31st.

Please share this message with your friends, family and networks and help us secure the funding to provide a fun and accessible programme of arts activities for young people in Bristol.

A big thank you from everyone at Knowle West Media Centre.

I’m Staying comes to Knowle West

We’re really pleased that Knowle West Media Centre will be the first venue south of the river to host ‘I’m Staying’, which is on the move around the city as part of the Bristol Biennial.  We’re looking forward to seeing our straw-bale building lit up by Shaun Badham’s artwork this summer.

The statement of Shaun’s piece is particularly poignant for us in a number of ways. We’ve been based here since 1996 and while the reach and scope of our work has expanded since then – regionally, nationally and internationally – Knowle West stays at the heart of everything we do.

As well as our journey as an organisation, ‘I’m Staying’ speaks to some of the things we see, know and love in our neighbourhood: fun, determination and a real strength of community.

You’re all invited to join us for a special switch-on event and outdoor celebration on Wednesday 3rd June, 7-9pm. Enjoy music and performances from local talent, free drinks and refreshments, and see new photographic work by Tommy Sussex in the exhibition ‘What Takes Hold’. As night draws in we will illuminate the sky with the proclamation: ‘I’m Staying’!

Please RSVP to enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

A huge thank you to everyone who has voted for us and helped to bring Shaun’s work to Knowle West.

Image: Bristol Biennial. Artist Shaun C Badham.
I’M STAYING is produced by Bristol Biennial in partnership with Blink Giant Media and sponsored by Nationwide Platforms, Badger Electrical, Simmons & Simmons and Jeremy Lewison Ltd.

Bring ‘I’m Staying’ to South Bristol

Knowle West Media Centre needs your help to bring a fantastic new artwork to South Bristol!

Shaun C Badham’s neon artwork ‘I’m Staying’ was illuminated above Arnolfini during the Bristol Art Weekender – and with public support it could be brought over the river… With the help of the Bristol Biennial, ‘I’m Staying’ will be travel around the city over a two year period, addressing ideas of place and change, permanence and transition.

The project was first launched as part of the Bristol Art Weekender, hosted by Arnolfini. Next, the artwork travelled to Bristol Folk House at the launch of Bristol Biennial 2014, where it stayed from September 2014 to January 2015. I’M STAYING currently resides at the Redgrave Theatre, Clifton College, where it will remain until May 2015.

You can vote for KWMC as the next venue here.

Image: Bristol Biennial. Artist Shaun C Badham.

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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