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About BS3 Community

BS3 Community Development was founded in 1990 to improve the lives of people living in BS3 and the surrounding area. We run two community venues; the Southville Centre and the Chessel Centre.

BS3 Community Development is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee and as a social enterprise we reinvest surplus generated from our profitable services into educational, arts, environmental and social projects that we either run directly or support partners to deliver.


Our values

Inspiring: We are inspirational in the development of others. We share our knowledge and experience with other established and emerging social enterprises and community groups across BS3, Bristol, the UK and globally.

Active: We are a driving force in our community, adapting to meet ever-shifting demands. We are always looking for new and innovative ways to improve our own skills and the services we provide for others.

Trusted: As a quality provider of services, we are trusted by our community with their landmark buildings, their children, their older people, their wedding day.

Our people

Our organisation is instrumental in a plethora of vibrant community activities and services within the BS3 area of Bristol led by our senior management team. May we introduce…

Dr Simon Hankins

Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Caradine

Buildings Manager

Dr Tim Clark

Executive Head of Early Education and Childcare

Ruth Green

Community Development Manager

Dawn Lockhart

Head of Communications

Becca McDougall

Finance Manager

Our centres

Southville Centre

The Southville Centre is a beautiful, characterful grade II listed Victorian, landmark building

Southville Centre

Chessel Centre

The Chessel Centre is a modern, innovatively designed, feature building

Chessel Centre