First Opportunities Fair for Knowle West ‘a success’

Filwood Opportunities Fayre

The first Opportunities Fayre for Knowle West took place last month – with a good response from stallholders and the public.

The Fayre  was held at Filwood Community Centre in Barnstaple Road  to help local people towards employment, training and volunteering. Over 40 organisations were present ranging from the National Careers Service and Learning Partnership West to Access to Music and Knowle West Health Park.

The event, aimed at anyone aged 16 and above, was run by Knowle West Together – a group of organisations working in the area which includes The Park, Bristol City Council, Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) and re:work.

Activities  ranged from getting up close and personal with reptiles to advertise an Animal Care Course at The Park and mock interviews to tech demonstrations and CV clinics. Other stallholders will include Bristol City Football Club, City of Bristol College and MShed.

Anita Pearce from Filwood, Knowle and Windmill Hill Neighbourhood Partnership said the fayre had been aimed at everyone from any area of Bristol – from school leavers to older people looking for a career change. She reported a good turn out with over 150 people through the doors.

She said: “It’s been excellent, we’ve had 41 providers and over 50 people came when it first opened. The people we spoke to were extremely impressed. We had advisors for benefit caps, the army, the police as well as training opportunities and career advice…The stallholders  all brought freebies to give out.”

Adam Aulaqui who was running a stall for Learning Partnership West said the fayre had been good to attend: “… It was very busy at the start. There have been a lot of providers here, everyone was helpful and friendly and there was lots of advice and different pathways into different things.

“There were things for young people and adults of all abilities, a real mixture of stuff to learn about. We had a few games on our stall to engage young people and showed the work we do for those not in employment, education or training (NEETS)…”