Digital mentoring for Eight

Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) support individuals and communities to get the most out of digital technologies, this means providing exciting and relevant ways for people to get involved in community activism, education, employment, and local decision-making.

Eight is a young creative agency named after a group of eight interns who worked with KWMC. Eight was formed to highlight the before unseen talents of young people, bring these talents to businesses and diversify the creative industries.

KWMC and Eight approached us for help with developing the talents of their team, recognising their skillset and growing their experience in the creative sector.

We held interviews with young creatives they knew, to piece together all the talent they had and work out their suitability for projects and roles. We mentored two of their team, George, a web developer and Mica, a designer, on a live project, providing support and advice.

We helped the Eight team learn to work better together, learn how to embed effective working practices and a discovery mindset into their project process and how to communicate and understand their clients better.

“Working alongside Ollie, Harry and Becky has been a tremendous help for improving all aspects of my web development skills, particularly regarding effective communication with both clients and colleagues, and creating a sleek user experience. The atmosphere at the Deckchair office is very relaxed and friendly, and I never hesitate to ask questions because the whole team are very willing to share their combined expertise!”

George Hieron – Web Developer at Eight

“Over the last year, Ollie, Becky and Harry have worked with young professionals involved in Eight, Knowle West Media Centre’s creative agency. Deckchair have been really supportive of Eight and given members of the Eight team a valuable insight into working in the digital industry and the opportunity to hone their skills.”

Jen Rolfe, Knowle West Media Centre

eight.org.uk