2018 was a significant year for StreetSpace Knowle. We collectively took the decision to apply to the charity commission for CIO status which was granted in July 2018. Prior to this we had existed as an unincorporated community group. The purpose of this change in status was to enable us to bring greater structure and scrutiny to the activities of the group. In addition, it enables us to access grant funding reserved for registered charities. We believe these benefits are the best way to ensure we can effectively deliver on our objectives to the benefit of all the young people we work with.
StreetSpace Knowle was born through the desire of our project manager, Richard Martin, to improve the opportunities for the young people in his community of Knowle West. As an experienced youth worker, he understood the type of project which could be most effective and had a vision of how this could be delivered. Working in partnership with Community in Partnership (CIP) he was able to launch the project, securing funding to start youth work sessions and convert a commercial property in Filwood Broadway into a community hub. As the project has developed friends, colleagues and supporters have helped guide it through its infancy.