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New way to get things done in Knowle West

A new partnership between residents, organisations and community groups is being set up to help local people ‘get things done’ in their neighbourhood – and have more say.

Knowle West Alliance will be building on all the good work happening locally and has been given funding by Quartet Community Foundation to develop from September.

Local organisations have been working with community development workers from Vivid Regeneration to find out residents’ ideas about what the partnership should be like.

Chief Executive of rework, Vicky Beckwith says: “The new partnership makes it possible for people to discover new skills, make changes and find the money to make that happen.”

Local resident Joy Pollard says: “I’ve lived in Knowle West forty years and I absolutely love it. People pull together. But there is more to Knowle West than we are seeing.”

Bob Fisher is a local sporting hero as well as a board member for Community in Partnership Knowle West and Knowle West Media Centre.

He says: “People want a new partnership to get more residents involved, build individuals’ confidence in the area and in themselves – and enable residents and organisations to work together on larger projects to benefit the area and make lasting changes.”

Vivid Regeneration has produced a report on its findings:

Download the full report here: Full Report – Building a Partnership in KW or for a shorter version:  Quick Read – Building a Partnership in KW.

To get involved contact Judith Taylor by emailing judith@vividregeneration.com or look out for further information in the next Knowledge.