Meet our working group

“What I love about Knowle West? – The people, the culture and the no nonsense attitude.”

Vicky Beckwith (CEO of Re:work):

I have lived in South Bristol for almost 30 years!!, 10 years in Knowle West and 5 years in a newly renovated vicarage called The Cairn in Inns Court. The Cairn is our private home but also the home of Knowle West Baptist Church, so we ‘normally’ are involved in lunches, breakfasts, guitar clubs. Our website gives more info:

Phil Lawrence

I live in the Novers area – am a recent resident moving here 2 years ago, but I have worked in the area for over 25 years setting up Knowle West Media Centre. We’ve involved hundreds of people and I’ve seen many young people grow up and do amazing things. What I love about Knowle West Alliance and the area are the people and the potential we have collectively to do things differently. And I now have brilliant neighbours too!

Carolyn Hassan

I lived in Knowle West until recently for over 30 years and worked at The Park Centre for over 18 years. I still have family living in Knowle West including a daughter, grandchildren and my mum. I love that people in the community make a big effort on special occasions eg. VE day, Halloween, Christmas, sporting events, decorating houses and streets. I am part of Knowle West Alliance as I care about what happens to the area. I would like to make sure residents are also aware so that they can make informed decisions on the place they live in.

Karen Dyer

I was born in Knowle west and moved to Lower Knowle 50 years ago, but still have family living in the heart of Knowle West. I have worked in Knowle for Bristol City Council and have tried to help with its development by being involved with several established organisations that do an excellent job for people locally. I became a member of the Knowle West Alliance for I feel it is a great way to create a dialogue between all groups and organisations who work in Knowle and share the excellent vision and work that is needed now and in the future. The area has a great history and very good people. Development and modernisation need to take place to address the changes required for the present residents.

Bob Fisher

“I got involved in the Knowle West Alliance to work more co-operatively with the many organisations and groups in Knowle West. It’s been a really encouraging journey to share common direction with other residents and many people doing amazing stuff locally.”

Ian Watt

I love that Knowle West is made up of down-to-earth friendly people who pull together as a community when they need to. I joined to become more involved and hopefully make a difference. I love that my children are growing up in an area that has given them a strong sense of belonging.

Emily Culblaith

I got asked if I wanted to join the Alliance. I enjoyed it, so I stayed! I started doing stuff at the Media Centre in 2015 and we did a course about how to protect yourself online. I then got into doing laser cutting via them and I said that I’d like to sign up to be involved in any activities they were doing. I think it’s important because we should try and help the community as much as possible and we should be proud of where we live.

Hayley Edwards

I joined KWA to try and unite all the individual groups of Knowle West to speak as one voice on matters concerning Knowle West. By forming the Alliance, we would have an address and a group that were able to provide answers and knowledge for people outside the area.

Helen Bailey

I have been involved in lots of different project groups etc over the years of my life in Knowle West. I am involved now because my boss at Youth Moves asked me to be…lol – This is true, but my heart and soul are here and I want the best for my family who will be here, I hope, long after me. Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

Paul Coyne

I am involved with Knowle West Alliance because, as someone that lives within the community, I enjoy finding out what is happening within the area and how this can be passed on to others. I impartially like keeping the KWA Facebook page up to date with what’s going on and local information. It’s good to help the community you live in connect and feel connected. Plus, I like to volunteer; it’s a great way of gaining skills and finding out what you do and don’t like!

Gail Bevan

We moved to Knowle West in 2016 to join the Lee Abbey Community, and love all the green space and so many friendly people. I’m involved with Filwood Community Centre and St Barnabas Church and it’s great to see all the organisations working together in the Alliance.

Tim Jones

I’ve been in Knowle West Health Park for 4 and a half years. Prior to that, I worked in the Neighbourhood Partnership Team all around dog poo in the area! The Alliance for me is key. By coming together to share knowledge and resources, we can create something different with the community. What I love about Knowle West is the people are very welcoming and lots of people are willing to roll up their sleeves and get involved. What really matters to me is that the community can be the difference it needs – we need to work together as a community.

Heather Williams

I grew up in BS4, but moved to Knowle West 3 years ago. I love making connections and creating playful art in the community. I first got to know about the alliance when I applied for a small grant for a badge maker for my project Brislexic, celebrating being dyslexic. I now work as a Creative Community Engagement Officer for Filwood Fantastic at Filwood Community Centre. I joined the KWA Working Group to keep updated and connected with what’s going on in the area and to share ideas. 

Claudia Collins

Let’s build something together.