Skip to main content BS3 Community remains open for general nursery provision. The premises remain closed for all other services. There is no general admittance to either the Southville or Chessel Centre.

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.

 

Requesting Help

Request Help Using the Help Request Form

We have worked as a part of the BS3 Covid-19 Community Response group to ensure the help many have needed with shopping, getting prescription medication, errands and other immediate needs when temporarily unable to do this themselves is something that continues to be available into the future whenever a member of the community needs it. These services continue to evolve and we have already started two new ways we can provide emotional support through the check in & chat service and STAR bereavement support group. The help request form provides a single process to request any and all of the services available, further details of the new emotional support services can be found further down the page.

The form responses are monitored 10am-4pm Mon-Fri and we aim to get in touch with you within 4 hours of receiving a completed form during these hours. If you are having difficulties with the form or need to speak to someone about the help you need then please call 0117 381 2181 (operates the same hours as the forms are monitored) or you can email support@bs3community.co.uk. If you need more urgent help then call 111 or 999 in an emergency.

Volunteering

Volunteering can be a great way to help others, make new friends, get involved in your community and learn new skills. Your time is hugely valuable to us. We coordinate a variety of different ways to volunteer, so take a look below and sign up to those that you’re interested in.

To provide 1-to-1 assistance to those needing help with shopping, getting prescribed medications, or other general errands where people are temporarily unable to do these tasks themselves, please complete this Volunteering Form. Note that the nature of this service means we try to match up help requests to the most suitable and local volunteer meaning we do not know if/when you may be contacted to help, but we really need a good number of volunteers available for the service to work well. If you have already signed up and need to change anything then please contact us on (support@bs3community.co.uk).

We continue to develop and expand the 1-to-1 help we want to be available to people and have added two new emotional support services: the check in & chat service for anyone who would like someone to chat to on a regular basis, and the STAR bereavement support group. To offer to be a volunteer for these emotional support services we will need additional information from you to undertake an enhanced DBS check so please use this Companions Volunteer Form.

If you’re interested in helping with organised events, clubs, groups, or opportunities shared from other community groups and organisations, then take a look at our Volunteering Platform. Here you can find all the up to date challenges which need the help of volunteers and, once you’re signed up, it puts you in control to choose exactly what you want to help with.

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 above to start making a difference.

Volunteering resources:

Covid-19 resource sheet for telephone assistance volunteers.

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 ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk 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 ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk 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 ruth.green@bs3community.org.uk if you would like to help with this and become a member of BAG.