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Community development is at the heart of our work

The services we run give children a great start in life, ensure older people remain active and well, provide the community with meeting spaces to learn, socialise, keep fit, and have fun! We also initiate, incubate, support and lead projects that both take place in and beyond our buildings.

Tech and Talk

Social & Computer café drop in session for people 55+ There is a FREE cuppa for all attendees, FREE use of equipment (no printer available) and some good company.

Run from two local cafes in BS3 every fortnight, you can come and ask questions about mobile phones, tablets, computers.  Technology can be daunting perhaps you don’t want to attend a class or go on a formal course, but these sessions are led by friendly volunteers from ilop (Improving Lives for Older People in BS3). IT students from a local sixth form college plus older members of the community are on hand to help with any queries and to chat.

For more information please contact – 07429 268673

Let’s All Walk

BS3 Community and students from UWE have been looking at how to improve the walking environment in our part of Bristol.    As part of their final year course, three students from the Architecture and Planning Department identified six destinations in BS3.   They were the Tobacco Factory on North Street, BS3 Community’s new Chessel Centre, the GP Surgery at Gaywood House, Dame Emily Park, Bedminster Train Station and Bedminster Library.


The students talked to locals, walked the patch and asked ‘what makes it safe, easy and pleasant to visit these sites on foot, but also, what if you are pushing a buggy, using a wheelchair or have sight impairment?    And what’s not so good?’


They examined the area around each destination in some detail up to around 250 metres in all directions.    Not surprisingly, they came up with many of the same answers as any of us would as we walk around.    There are pleasant parts of BS3 with attractive gardens, smooth pavements and some seating, but then you come up against a car blocking the way or a cluster of recycling bins stored permanently on the footway which may be further blocked by an overhanging hedge.    Some people can easily dodge round, but not everyone.


The good thing about most of these obstructions are that they ought to be fairly easy and cheap to put right.   It’s largely a question of awareness raising rather than re-engineering the urban environment.    BS3 Community and other local organisations will be continuing their campaign to make it easy for everyone to move safely around our community.   Contact if you would like to help.   Oh, and just pop outside to see how big your hedge has become.

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Bristol Ageing Better

BAB is a partnership of individuals and organisations working together to reduce isolation and loneliness amongst older people in Bristol,including voluntary, statutory and private sector organisations plus older people well placed to understand the broader issues and context of reducing loneliness and isolation.

The wider BAB Partnership has over 100 140 older people and organisations signed-up to help develop the Vision & Strategy.

The SCDA have, and continue to support the development and implementation of BAB throughout the city, but particularly within the Greater Bedminster area.

Bristol Ageing Better

Community Navigators

Funded by Bristol Ageing Better Community Navigators Bristol offers free signposting and support to older people over 50.  Friendly, trained ‘navigators’ will make contact with older people, get to know them and share information about what’s happening where they live.

If the person needs extra support, the community navigator can come along with them when they try something for the first time.   They can also support the older person with any concerns that they have about getting out and about – including safety, transport or money worries – by connecting them with other community and health services to tackle these problems.  Do you want to contact a community navigator?

Community navigators


Productive Margins

Productive MarginsProductive Margins is a Bristol and Cardiff Universities research project. It also involves community organisations and social enterprises in Bristol and South Wales. Its aim is to co-produce ideas about new ways that communities can take part in decision-making. Specifically with the support of the University of Bristol we are working with a small group of older people around issues of isolation and loneliness.

How can you get involved? We’d really appreciate you to taking part in a research interview. We are a group of people made up of members of the community, researchers from the University of Bristol and professionals from the Southville Community Development Association. We want to think about how we can improve things to help people feel connected to their local area and friends and family. We also want to hear about things that are good in our area, and any ideas about how life can be improved for older people locally. So, if you are aged over 50 we would love to hear from you!

Productive Margins


Blooming Bedminster is a community project that is celebrates the work of local groups who improve and care for all kinds of green spaces in Greater Bedminster. BS3 Community supports Blooming Bedminster projects including the annual Good Front Garden Awards, the Patchwork Community Gardening Group and Bedminster’s Secret Gardens Open Days.

Bedminster’s 2018 Secret Gardens takes place on Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 June, 12-5pm.

Over 30 private gardens will be open to visit during the weekend. Pick up or download a free guide and please makes a suggested £2 minimum donation at the First garden you visit and receive a sticker to show you’ve supported.

We hope you’ll enjoy visiting the gardens open across Bedminster, Southville, Ashton and Windmill Hill. Get inspiration, enter a world of plants and see creative, productive and beautiful gardens that are normally hidden from the public eye.

Here is the 2018 Secret Gardens Guide 

plus the Secret Gardens Update Sheet

Find out more on the Patchwork blog