WELCOME TO ST WERBURGHS CENTRE

Main Image Based in St Werburghs in East-Central Bristol, we serve the local communities of Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill wards and communities of interest across the city. The Centre is managed by the St Werburghs Community Association, which aims to provide accessible and affordable meeting rooms and facilities for individuals, community groups and voluntary organisations.

We focus on building mutually beneficial partnerships between residents, groups and organisations in the community. In support of this, we run free events and projects, and deliver grant-funded services for local people, current to include Raking & Baking (8-week cooking and gardening courses), St Werbees Stay & Play (a weekly group for pre-school children and their grown-ups), Tai Chi for over 50's, Easy PC (one-to-one sessions and group computer classes for beginners, older people, and people who are looking for work), Picnic in the Park, Festive Friends, Open Volunteer Gardening Days and Christmas Market. We have free open access computer lab in our lobby with free wi-fi and we support people in applying for jobs online, printing and formatting CVs and writing cover letters. We also have other organisations based in the Centre who are working within the local communities.

The Community Centre has been operating on this site since 1971 and in 1999 was registered as a charity and company limited by guarantee. In June 2010 we completed £1m Capital Project and in November 2010 we achieved the VISIBLE CommunitiesTM accreditation which is a quality systems standard for the charity and community sector distributed by Community Matters. In November 2013 we won the Community Venue of the Year Award at 'Voscurs', Bristol's Voluntary & Community Sector awards. In January 2016 we have been awarded Silver in the Green Tourism 'Conference Venue' Category. 

This site should answer most questions about the Centre; please use the menu of links above to find out more, but don't hesitate to get in touch if you'd prefer to talk to someone or can't find what you're looking for. You can also take a look at our latest timetable here. 

OUR FACILITIES

If you are looking for fully accessible meeting rooms for hire, would like to run a regular class, hold a business conference or host a family party - St Werburghs Centre has plenty of space for it all.

St Werburghs Centre offers rooms within its characterful Victorian building or contemporary and eco-friendly Annexe. Our meeting rooms for hire are all wheelchair accessible. There is a large hall with wooden floors and double height windows, a fully equipped commercial kitchen and a variety of medium size rooms suitable for classes, meetings or workshops. Our eco-friendly modern annexe at the rear consists of four rooms with underfloor heating, which are ideal for classes, community meetings, training or private party hire.

We have recently created a welcoming outdoor insect-themed garden for break outs and social events. There is comfortable seating space, parasols, play equipment and raised beds for our gardening project, which provide greenery all year round. Children can get a Poppies trail from our reception to search for 93 poppies, which commemorate old scholars listed on our First World War memorial. There is a herb spiral, a bug hotel and vegetable gardens which provide crops for our cooking classes. The Neck of the Woods Cafe provides catering and bar for events as well as serves walk in customers Monday to Saturday. 

A summary of prices and description of all rooms can be found on our Facilities page.

   

2020 Announcements

New Food Bank Service

The Community Food Share has been set up as a small scale project in response to the difficulties faced by many in our neighbourhood. It provides food essentials to local families from donations in the local area. Essentially it is about uniting our community and being able to share what’s on our tables.
 
COVID-19 has brought disruption and uncertainty to family life. St Barnabas school saw that the Community Food Share needed to be made more widely available to all those in connection with the school in this tricky time and have made this project a reality. We have now gone one step further by providing a food bank service at the Community Centre. This will be running until at least the end of the Summer holidays.
 
The Food bank service runs every Thursday between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Donation drop-off:
Wednesdays 10am-12pm &
Thursdays 11:30am-1pm

Visit the website here for more details. You can also donate by clicking here.

Black Lives Matter

Half a century ago and in the wake of Roy Hackett’s successful involvement in the bus boycott of 1962 which ended racial discrimination on Bristol buses, he, Derek Sealy, and others, were instrumental in setting up St Werburghs Community Association to be an effective voice that people of colour could have across Bristol and at a local level. From the beginning the Centre and the Association represented the struggle against all forms of racism and social injustice and these have been its core values since its inception. Roy continues to support the Centre as a Trustee today. We live in very difficult times but recent events including the killing of George Floyd in the US, the world wide public protests that followed and closer to home, here in Bristol, the pulling down of the Edward Colston statue by Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters, has brought into focus long standing issues that have many times been addressed but not been dealt with. This has created a lot of justifiable upset and tension.

We stand firmly alongside our fellow citizens in the continuing fight against racism, social injustice and the denial of human rights. We live in a wonderfully diverse city, 91 languages are used here, and at the St Werburghs Community Centre we welcome this diversity and value every person. Equality and social justice for all is at the heart of our practice and standing beside those who struggle, as exemplified by the BLM campaign, is important. Staying silent would betray our roots and founding members as well as our current members, staff and users.

Lyn Porter: Chair Board of Trustees
St Werburghs Community Association


Temporary closure of Community Centre due to Covid-19

Following the Governments advice SWCA has decided to temporarily close the Community Centre as from Saturday 21st March 2020. We are sorry to report that we are still closed and will be until towards the end of August, with the majority of our staff on the Furlough scheme. Towards the end of August we will be beginning to book a small number of taster bookings in line with social distancing and health and safety regulations. If you have a booking request you would like to make, please send us an email. If you have any questions please contact us using the above contact details. Please look after yourselves and each other during these challenging times. 

As a small charitable organisation we rely entirely on income from room and office hire and all our provision of community services is linked to restricted grant funding. Having to close our building we lose all our income and would like to ask you to consider making charitable donation if at all possible. You can donate by clicking here.

We have put together a list of local and city wide information, with a focus on the BS2 and BS5 area. If you would like a pdf or excel version of this document, please email office@stwerburghs.org.uk. We will update this list regularly. Please click here to download the current list.

Please take a moment to complete our short online survey. This will help to give us vital information about the expected use of the Centre once we re-open, what measures users of the Centre would like to see us put in place once we are open, the current level of online engagement and general numbers for our Users' Forum Open Day held on Thursday 2nd July. Please click here to complete the short survey.