New Community Development Worker for the Alliance

By Community Reporter Kasia Guzowska

 A new Community Development Worker has just been appointed by Knowle West Alliance to increase co-operation and partnership across the area.

Emily Smith who lived in Filwood for over 40 years will be helping to set up a new residents’ forum as part of her role.

She says: “I am most looking forward to working in the area that I grew up in, being on the ground and working with residents to achieve their aims for Knowle West and themselves…”

She puts emphasis on the people in the area who regularly volunteer and often don’t realise just how important their contribution is to the community and to other residents.

Emily has been involved in community work as a volunteer herself for over 25 years including the Credit Union, Knowle West Alcohol and Drugs Service (KWADS) and Knowle West Development Trust as well as South Bristol Community Construction Company (now re:work), SureStart and as a governor at School of Christ the King.

In her previous role she was involved in looking after large budgets for local councillors and residents – and is already planning the search for keen community members, who can help with governance and distribution of funds from a grant pot.

She says: “I would really like to see more residents of Knowle West getting involved in their community and championing Knowle West across Bristol and the country.”

To get in touch with Emily email: emily.smith@kwalliance.co.uk