Get Involved

Community Engagement

Are you looking for a way to get involved with your local community? You’re in the right place.

Our Centre is all about bringing people together and supporting them through inclusive events and activities in our vibrant local hub.

At St Werburghs Community Centre all the projects, events and services that are run by us have a clear aim, to promote:

  • social wellbeing
  • better mental health
  • increased economic and digital inclusion.

 

We also strive to encourage sustainable living and to strengthen community cohesion in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill.

So if you want to be a part of something, learn new skills, join a class or need some help getting online then welcome, take a look around and see what we can offer you.

Services Available For All

St Werburghs Community Centre (SWCC) prides itself on being one of the most inclusive organisations in Bristol.

We run and support projects within the centre that enable the most isolated and disadvantaged local people to participate in a group activity, gain new skills, build confidence and cope better in everyday life.

Current services include:

  • Raking & Baking – free cooking & gardening course
  • Easy PC – free one-to-one digital support
  • Accessible computers for all
  • Tai Chi for over 50s
  • Stay & Playgroup
  • Food Bank.

St Werburghs Community Centre also puts a great range of events throughout the year, bringing the community together and promoting social inclusion. Our timetable of popular annual events includes:

  • Festive Friends – social meal events for isolated older people
  • Picnic in the Park – family community festival
  • Users’ Forum
  • Volunteer Garden Days
  • Christmas Market.

Raking & Baking

The Raking & Baking project began in 2011 and was designed to engage local people in growing food and cooking healthy meals. It also provides an opportunity for intergenerational and multicultural activities, supporting the centre’s vision to form a strong, cohesive and caring local community.

 

The Raking & Baking free 7-week cooking and gardening course focuses on inspiring and connecting people to nature and each other. We give participants the tools to grow their own fresh food in small spaces & learning to cook fresh, organic, seasonal food from scratch.

 

The course is free, with a small, optional donation towards ingredients. We use our very own perimeter garden and catering kitchen, so everything is done on site.

 

This course is currently funded by John James Foundation. For more information or if you would like to enrol email office@stwerburghs.org.uk

This group runs on Thursdays 10 – 3pm

Tai Chi for older people 

Tai Chi for older people run by Dennison is on every Friday at 2pm, and has been running for many years.

 

This participant-led session has been running for over a decade and the classes provide a valuable way for individuals to stay connected as well as helping to improve mobility and physical health.

 

It is donation only class, with a suggested donation of £3.

 

Easy PC

Our digital inclusion project Easy PC takes place every Monday (10-4.30pm), and has been running since 2013.

This one-to-one computer skills support service helps older people to push past their technology and fears and learn all about the internet and computers.  The class also helps unemployed people who are looking for work.

The weekly classes are open to all, regardless of experience and ability. Topics covered include:

  • An introduction to computers
  • Learning to use e-mail
  • Social media
  • How to use Zoom
  • Online shopping
  • Internet security.

If you want to improve your IT skills or just go over the basics, then this is the place for you.

Easy PC is currently funded through Bristol City Council’s Bristol Impact Fund.

Easy PC is on Monday email office@stwerburghs.org.uk to book your space.

Open Access Computers

We offered a bank of free computers for the last 15 years, as part of our work towards digital inclusivity.   We provide free access throughout the day and evening (in normal opening circumstances).

If you don’t have a fixed address, don’t worry. 15% of our users fall into this category. We aren’t like libraries; we don’t need an address to use the computers.

If you need support accessing the computers, please ask for help at reception.

Reception Support and Signposting 

Our team offer informal support with CVs, cover letters, emails, scanning and printing, basic proofreading and signposting to other services.

Our Reception support is funded through Bristol City Council’s Bristol Impact Fund.

St Werbees Stay & Play

St Werbess Stay & Play is a weekly play session for parents/carers and 0-5-year-olds. This volunteer/peer-led group has been a great support network for those with younger children.

The need for this service was highlighted through the pandemic. As the reduced access to social spaces affected those with children.

St Werbees reflects our commitment to provide community-led spaces that strengthen community cohesion.

Wednesday 10 – 11.45 suggested donation £1 per child.

Bristol Family Community Food Share

Bristol Family Community Food Share was created 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. It is about uniting our community and being able to share what’s on our tables. Donations are always welcome and can be left at reception in a clearly labelled box. 

If you would like to sign up for the food bank email foodbank@stwerburghs.org.uk

Currently funded by Solon.

Picnic In The Park

Our annual family festival brings the whole community to gather in Mina Road Park in late summer.

We have countless stalls, live music, interactive workshops, wellbeing treatments, children’s activities and a whole lot more – sometimes even donkey rides.  People come together to dance, chat and play, or sit quietly with a picnic and absorb the vibrant atmosphere.

If you would like to get involved in the next Picnic in the Park, we are always looking for volunteers, stewards, workshop leaders and stallholders. Get in contact with events@stwerburghs.org.uk

Volunteer Garden Days

Volunteer Garden Days 

Volunteer gardening days have helped dramatically transform our underused car park into a beautiful, colourful space that is full of life.   We replaced parking spaces with raised beds, trees, flowers and herbs. Our team of brilliant volunteers (ranged from absolute beginners to gardening obsessives) have created and regularly maintain this space for our community to enjoy.

What’s more, the raised beds are used by our Raking & Baking (cooking and gardening) project for participants to grow food and learn new skills.

You can take a look at videos from these days here.

 

 

Festive Friends

Festive Friends began in 2017, as our attempt to help connect older, more isolated members of our community together and reduce feelings of loneliness.  The event provides 100 older people with a 3 course, sit-down Christmas dinner, entertainment, gifts and accessible transport to and from their homes.  We are often joined by Avon Fire & Rescue, the Police and the Lord Mayor of Bristol.

When the pandemic hit, we knew that this type of event was never more needed. So Festive Friends evolved and took to the streets of Bristol. With a fantastic team of volunteers and a whole lot of hard work. The team delivered over 100 meals to older individuals in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill to brighten their 2020 Christmas.

The doorstep chats and delicious food were such a hit, Springtime Festive Friends was born. In April 2021 over 100 meals, were delivered with a side of company to many isolated individuals in the local area.

Festive Friends has evolved even further, and we proudly held Summer Festive Friends on 27 August.

If you know someone who might like to be a guest, or you would like to volunteer, email us on office@stwerburghs.org.uk.

Christmas Market

It’s only feels like Christmas when our Christmas Market takes place.  We transform the whole of the community centre into our mini winter wonderland.

This popular event is usually bustling with original arts and crafts from the best local artists and makers. It’s packed with stalls filled with personal, handmade and unique gifts for your family and friends.

We have music, decorations and delicious, festive food and drinks provided by Neck of the Woods, it is the perfect place to buy local and support your community.

Come along and join together as we step into the Christmas spirit and grab a few bargains while you are at it.

Users' Forum

This is not our community centre, it is yours, too.  It’s very important that our local community have an opportunity for a clear say in everything we do.

Our annual Users’ Forum is an excellent opportunity to have your say, and let you know about everything we’ve done in that past year, as well as all of the services, events, classes and support available to you.

Members also get a chance to showcase how they use the space, with demonstrations and taster sessions available on the day. It is a brilliant chance not only to see what happens here but also to give feedback and have a chat with other local groups.

AGM

Our AGM (Annual General Meeting) St Werburghs Community Centre is hosted annually in December.

 

At this event, our Centre Director Goska Ong presents an annual report to Members and the general public. Members join with Trustees and staff to hear the latest analysis of the Centre’s services, activities and strategy. There is also the opportunity to ask questions and nominate new Trustees to the Board.

 

It is a requirement for all Members to send a representative to the AGM.

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