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World Cafe event to support young people in Knowle West

Local young people, families and youth workers invited to share their thoughts

Main image: a screenshot from the animated film about the event: https://www.mutualgain.org/invest-in-k-west-world-cafe/

A World Cafe is coming to Knowle West which can host up to 100 community members – to find out what young people need as we emerge from the pandemic.

The Invest in K West World Cafe is being held on 19 March at Filwood Community Centre – with the event planned by a group of local young people, supported by MutualGain, Avon and Somerset Police and Bristol City Council.

World Cafes are a way of starting a conversation with the public – and use an informal cafe setting for people to explore an issue by discussing it in small table groups. 

Andrew Fisher from MutualGain explains: “We are hoping to hear from around 100 people (young people, families and those who work with young people).

“We are looking to capture their views, insights and ideas within the vibrant and dynamic environment of a World Cafe. 

“Over the last six months, we have been working with a group of young people from Knowle West, training them in the World Cafe process.  A number of these are going to play key roles at the World Cafe, such as the Cafe Host, and Table Hosts…”

Members of the Invest in K West planning group. Image supplied by MutualGain.

Insp Daniel Ashfield from Avon and Somerset Police said: “We want to hear the insights and experiences from young people in Knowle West.  The World Cafe, which has been developed with a fabulous group of young people from the area, will give young people a chance to let us know what needs to be done to help them as they emerge from COVID.”

The young people creating the programme also came up with the title, designed the logo and have made a TickTock video to promote it.

One of the members of the planning group, CJ Fitton said: “It’s time for young people in Knowle West to stand up and have their say.” 

Following the event – MutualGain will look at all the feedback generated. The organisation has £18,000 to offer to young people in the area “who have ideas or programmes to address the themes from the World Cafe”.

In June each project will be presented to around 100 people from the community who will be given a chance to vote for their favourite.

Invest in K West World Cafe will take place on 19 March at Filwood Community Centre in Barnstaple Road, Knowle West from 2-4pm.

For more information view the film about the event https://www.mutualgain.org/invest-in-k-west-world-cafe/ or check out the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/InvestInKWest

The first 50 people to register and first 50 to turn up on the day and take part will receive £10 in cash. To book tickets visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/invest-in-k-west-world-cafe-event-tickets-272680483667