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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

AT BS3 Community We are putting our best foot forward on the Let’s Walk Bedminster project.

BS3 Community volunteer Ben Barker has written a report on ‘walkability’ for the Bristol Walking Alliance.    Ben notes “If you are young and nimble, you can probably dodge around obstacles on the pavement.   Not so if you are pushing a buggy or being led by an assistance dog”.

A copy of Ben’s first report can be requested by emailing

The UWE students that Ben was undertaking research with have also compiled a report, UWE Student Report



BS3 Community supports Bedminster Action Group.   BAG is drawn from local residents who have experienced difficulties with accessing shops and other buildings in BS3.    We are working with some local businesses that need advice on simple ways in which they can make their premises more accessible.    Please contact if you would like to help with this and become a member of BAG.


There are now more than 20 street wardens across BS3.    They are local residents who take an interest in their street’s surroundings and have a contact at Bristol City Council (BCC) to report abandoned mattresses, dog mess and other detritus left in the streets.   BCC claim to remove these within 48 hours (often quicker), but only if somebody tells them about it.   Contact if you would like to know more about being a street warden – no training needed, just a chat over a coffee.

Since March 2018 BS3 Community along with the police, BCC officers, Bristol Waste and local Councillors have been walking our key retail streets with residents and local volunteers with an interest in de-cluttering the streets. This happens once a month and the group has spotted obstructions and other problems as well as talking to shop keepers and shoppers about their experience of the streets.    Slowly, but surely, we are persuading people to make our retail streets more ‘walkable’ by placing A-frames and other street furniture out of the way so as not to obstruct the already narrow pavement for all users, but especially pram pushers, mobility scooter users and those with sight impairment.    The shopkeepers themselves are helping to make the streets a more pleasant place to be with the introduction of more planters and seating.   Contact for more information about ‘clutter patrols’ and how to join in.

On September 13th, Bristol Dementia Action Alliance are running a free workshop at the Southville Centre from 1-3pm – at the end of the session you will be awarded a lapel pin and you will officially be a ‘dementia friend’.

On September 21st, BS3 Community will be taking to the retail streets with Bristol Dementia Action Alliance to talk to retailers about the difficulties and barriers people living with dementia (and their carers) face when visiting shops and cafes.

For more information please contact


Spend a penny with ease

As part of BS3 Community’s campaign to make our local area an Age Friendly place to live, we have worked with local resident and activist Ben Barker to produce this useful Toilet Map

Your Food – Your Health, is a new initiative engaging people with food in partnership with Wellspring Healthy Living Centre and Buzz Lockleaze. BS3 Community have employed a food development worker and are hosting every Wednesday afternoon a drop in session to talk about food – to date activities have included a food quiz, planting some seeds, eating cake and talking about favourite recipes. Pop along to St Catherine’s Court (off East Street) between 2-4pm or email for more details





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


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 Bedminster’s Secret Gardens Open Days and the Patchwork Community Gardening Group.

Find out more on the Patchwork blog 



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.

BS3 Community continue to support the development and implementation of BAB throughout the city, but particularly within the Greater Bedminster area.

Bristol Ageing Better

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