Community development is at the heart of our work
The services we run give children a great start in life, provide young people with opportunities to learn and develop, 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.
Our new volunteering platform is live! Sign up to register your interest in recruiting or becoming a volunteer.
Thinking of volunteering? Here is a short video you can download and watch made by and featuring Fiona one of our team members who also volunteers for the Food Bank that we help to run in Southville. We have lots of volunteering opportunities as she explains on the film so sign up below to our volunteering platform to start making a difference.
Food On Our Doorstep – Bedminster
Food clubs have been set up all over the city of Bristol and are a great way for people that are finding things tough financially to get a regular box of fresh, nutritious food at the same time as reducing food waste, and we hope it will also be a way of destigmatising food banks.
Our club runs weekly from the United Reform Church Hall on West Street in Bedminster and supports anyone locally that is economically vulnerable.
Annual membership is £1 and a bag of food worth £10-15 is available weekly for £3.50. There will be collection slots as part of the Covid secure measures in place.
To find out more about joining our food club please email email@example.com
There are other established Food Clubs all over Bristol Speedwell, Redcliffe, Hartcliffe, St Pauls so if people want to find out where their nearest club is they can email Simon on Simon.firstname.lastname@example.org
Bedminster Youth Club
Our open access youth club launched in November 2019 but sadly has temporarily closed its doors due to the pandemic. We are staying in contact each week with members via a BLOG written by our lead youth worker Simon Green – its published on our Facebook page each week.
When we are able to reopen, we will be running again on a Monday and Tuesday evenings to welcome 8 to 16 year olds to a fun and relaxed evening of games, workshops, cookery and much more.
BS3 Companions – Check in and Chat
This is a new service launched during lockdown #2 2020 – we match a member of the community that may be shielding or isolated or lonely with a volunteer who calls each week for a ‘check-in and chat’ – hobbies and interests are matched and friendships are being formed. For more details, please contact email@example.com
STAR Peer Support Group
Launched in early 2021, STAR (Share Talk And Remember ) is a safe space for people to come that are living with bereavement and loss. Many people go through some very difficult times when they lose somebody close to them. Some people find it challenging to express how they feel, others are unable to talk about things, some are unsure how to cope through transitions in their life, some feel terribly lonely and isolated. This is a peer support group that will run in Bedminster. For more details please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Webs Social Prescribing Service
Community Webs is free and available to all residents of BS3 aged 18+ . It helps people take control of their own health and well-being if they are feeling a bit stuck, low, perhaps recently bereaved, have money or housing worries, want to meet people but are anxious about trying new things… link workers can connect people with the many services and activities within BS3 and may include arts, gardening and creative activities, physical activities and healthy eating, housing, benefits and financial support and advice., employment, training and volunteering, education and learning, befriending, counselling and other support groups.
To access support you can either speak to your GP who will make a referral or you can self-refer by emailing email@example.com or calling BS3 Community on 0117 9231039 and leaving a message for Celia.
ILOP – Improving the lives of older people.
Ilop is a peer led community group which aims to reduce loneliness and isolation. They have undertaken several innovative projects that explore and tackle these issues.
Blooming Bedminster is a community project that 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 Patchwork Community Gardening Group, the annual Good Front Garden Awards, and Secret Gardens. Here are the beautifully designed certificates that have been awarded in the past.
We are supporting the South Bank Bristol Arts to take the much loved annual trail forward in a creative and financially sustainable way. BS3 Community supported the formation of the trail originally and remain the largest venue on the trail. We are delighted to continue to support the event by advising the steering group and through joint promotion.
Community Toilet Map
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
Let’s Walk Bedminster
At BS3 Community we are putting our best foot forward on the Let’s Walk Bedminster project.
There are now more than 30 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.
Clutter Patrols – 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to help with this and become a member of BAG.