St Werburghs Community Association is looking for a

Temporary Event Manager

13 weeks, starting 20th June 2022 finishing 16th September 2022

Hours: Average 10 per week – flexibility is essential in the lead up to the event.

Salary: £14.67 per hour.

We have an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic and well organised person to join St Werburghs Community Centre’s team as Event Manager to manage our annual community event – Picnic in the Park.

The successful candidate will have creative ideas to develop and promote this community-led event, ensure it runs smoothly and is of benefit to the community, whilst ensuring all licensing requirements are met.

SWCC team has over 10 years of event management experience and will offer guidance and support, as necessary. We are a friendly team working in the heart of Bristol. You will have an opportunity to meet a lot of people, have fun and learn on the job.

Application Deadline:  Monday 13th June 2022, 12 midnight

Interviews to be held: Wednesday 15th June 2022

To start: 20th June 2022

To apply: the application pack is available to download at the top of this page or e-mail Alison Saunders, Finance & HR Manager to request a pack: alison@stwerburghs.org.uk

PLEASE NOTE – WE DO NOT ACCEPT CV’S

St Werburghs Centre, Horley Road, St Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9TJ. Tel: 0117 955 1351

Registered Charity No: 1074495, Company Limited by Guarantee No: 3713212

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Mental Health Training Course

Mental Health and Wellbeing:
Responding to individuals with mental health support needs
Thursday 26th May 2022, 9.30am – 1pm
£65 per person

St Werburghs Community Association is running a mental health training course here at the community centre. Our staff would like to be able to respond to mental health difficulties in the community with more resilience, and, as employers, we have a duty of care to support our staff to cope with confidence with whatever situations may arise.

We’re pleased to be able to open up the half day training course to other community organisations who feel their frontline staff could benefit. Not only will your team feel supported and better equipped to help those most in need, but they will meet and network with others working in similarly challenging roles.

By joining us on the course you will develop the basic understanding and confidence to respond to emotional and mental health difficulties and support people in distress. You will also learn how to look after your own mental health and that of your team. 

The half day training course will be run by Suzanne Pearson who has worked in mental health and wellbeing for over 20 years. The training will be followed by lunch provided by Neck of the Woods Cafe.

For more information and to book contact: jess@stwerburghs.org.uk.

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Celebrating our AGM

Last night we were able to host our AGM for our members. It’s a great time for us to celebrate our successes over the year and look at the whole picture of the centre and its impact.

We would like to take this time to thank all of the members, staff, trustees, funders, tenants and the community for helping us through one of the toughest years for community spaces we have ever seen. From this support we are so pleased we have been able to stay open throughout the pandemic delivering vital services to people most at need.

We are happy to say we are now fully open to all groups and are so happy that we are feeling the buzz of activity once again.

If you would like to read the 2020/2021 AGM report then please click this link the top of the page.

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50th Anniversary stories

With photos by Tom Alexander

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, we have been asking you to share with us any special moments or memories you have of the community centre. We asked the very talented Tom Alexander to take some portraits of individuals that help make the centre the wonderful place that it is.

One of the images is of Dennison Joseph (pictured) who runs Tai Chi classes at the community centre and has been coming here since the 1970s. You can take a look at the portraits and stories, as they are now on display in room 7.

For now you can have a read of some of these stories here:

Murilo Leite D’Imperio, Owner of Neck of the Woods Cafe

“For me, St Werburghs Community Centre has kind of changed my life. It helped me start my own business, which has now been running coming up for 5 years. My partner’s office is also based here so it’s kind of a really huge part of my life and without it I don’t know what I would be doing.

I really love when there is a large-scale event at the Centre. Things like the Cabaret Fundraiser Evening, Christmas Market and other ones like Buddah fields. It really changes how the building feels and these are the times that really stick out to me in my memory.”

Renny Williams, Centre Caretaker

“I first came here in 1974. Over the years, there were lots of people using the centre. Most Saturday nights there would be a party here. Lots of black people having weddings or parties here. I had my wedding reception here in August 1975.It was one massive wedding, lots of people.

Every Wednesday and Sunday people would come for the Dominoes Club, practising plus with some beer and ting. People would come down from Birmingham and Manchester to play.

At one point this place was so run down, they were thinking about knocking it all down. But they modernised it instead like.

Back then you could get a house here (in St Werburghs) for £500. I got mine for that. You could get a gallon, not a litre, a gallon of petrol for 25p.”

Kazuko Isoyama, Community Member

“I’ve been coming to the Centre for over ten years. We used to come here for our Buddhist Group meetings, to study for our and exams and meet up. These were here for over 15 years I think. Over the years the place has changed and I like the new seating especially the outdoor area. I now regularly go to Tai Chi on Fridays.”

Dennison Joseph, Tai Chi Leader

“I’ve been attending the centre on and off for 40 to 50 years. Back then, this place was a real hub for the Caribbean community. There was the Dominoes Club but we also used to have a Blues session here. In fact in my mid 20’s I used to rehearse here with my band. There was no place quite like it, it was in the days before the Malcom X Centre was a thing.

Over 10 years ago, Goska (Centre Manager) asked me if I would be interested in running a Tai Chi class for the over 50’s. Some of the people from 10 years ago still come along. Running this class has been a big highlight for me.”

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Insight into Bristol Wutan – Film with Sarer Scott

We are lucky enough to have some incredible groups and classes here at the centre. Here you can see the amazing Sarer with Bristol Wutan Tai Chi, Kickboxing & Kung Fu, in collaboration with Sport England and Voscur who helped fund this video.

Sarer is a leader who firmly believes that all people can make an impact in what they choose to, especially promoting women within this martial art. She has real passion and integrity for her class and students and it was great to find out a bit more of what she gets up to.

We were lucky enough to capture this in a short film, giving us an insight into how she makes a real impact (and packs a punch).

 

If you are interested in booking for one of Sarer’s classes here at the centre, then contact https://www.bristol-wutan.co.uk/

Are there any activities you would like to try here at the community centre?

Video credit Tim Crawley

 

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Celebrating our 50th Anniversary

St Werburghs Community Centres 50th Anniversary 

St Werburghs Community Centre is celebrating its 50th anniversary. This is a brilliant chance to look at the history of the community centre and the people that have helped shape it.

 

In 1971 a group of locals, including Roy Hackett, came together to transform the old school building into a community centre. This was a new venture with St Werburghs being one of the first community centres to be created in Bristol. Over the years it has been known with many different names including The Baptist Mills Centre for Community Activities and the Horley Road Centre.

 

In 1999 St Werburghs Community Association officially became a charity and a Managing committee was established to manage the centre. Under the direction of Linda Bell a new annexe was built in 2009, giving extra space and fresh energy to the centre.

 

The building is home to a range of tenant organisations Khaas, Kingsway International Christian Centre, Amicus Foster Care, Herbalists without Borders, Zedify sustainable transport and Karen Christie Integrative Counselling. Who all utilise our affordable spaces to deliver services to local communities.

 

Over the years the charity has developed a range of services and events to support the community. All the projects, events and services that are run here have a clear aim. To promote social inclusion, better mental health and to increase economic and digital inclusion. We also strive to encourage sustainable living and to strengthen community cohesion in Ashley, Easton and Lawrence Hill.

 

One of the highlights of the centre has always been the amazing events that have happened here. From Caribbean Fiestas in the 1970s to dressmaking and Junior Bhangra dance groups in the ’80s.

 

These days we host Picnic in the Park, an annual event that brings the whole community to Mina Road Park. As well as Festive Friends that reaches out to isolated older people with a meal, gifts and company.

 

At the moment there is a great range of services currently run at the centre. With Easy PC helping people with digital support, through one-to-one sessions every Monday. Free computers in the lobby for people to freely access the internet and equipment to use it. Not forgetting the much-loved Raking & Baking cooking & gardening course that teaches people skills as well as bringing them together.

 

This anniversary is about celebrating the local community. As it is the people that make this hub the vibrant space it is. Through the rest of the year, we will be compiling stories, hoping to capture your memories of the centre over the years and what you want to see in the future.

 

Tell us your moments, share your photos and let’s celebrate the community at the heart of St Werburghs. If you are interested in taking part get in touch, we would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

Photo credit Carrie Hitchcock

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Follow at Home Yoga with Gladey Rowan

Sometimes we all just need to take a moment to look after ourselves.
We have been so lucky to have a real taste of the wonderful work of YogaGladey . Her class has been running here a the centre for many years and been a refuge for members of our community.
We have to thank Sport England and Voscur for enabling us to be able to capture a taste of this class and follow along at home.
So find a comfy spot in your home and take a deep breath.
Flim credit Lizzie Goldsack

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Festive Friends: Doing Our Bit to Reduce Loneliness in Older People

Did you know that loneliness is likely to increase your risk of death by 26% (Holt-Lunstad, 2015) and is worse for your health than smoking 15 cigarettes a day? (Holt-Lunstad, 2010).

Loneliness amongst older people is a huge problem in Bristol, so we wanted to do our bit to help people form connections and feel part of the community. We’re delighted to report that for the fourth year in a row, our Festive Friends Christmas event is returning to our community centre in Bristol.

Festive Friends began in 2017, created by one of our then members of staff, Heather Murray.  Heather had worked for many years as a volunteer befriender for older people with Age UK and Contact the Elderly, and the loneliness she discovered in her new friends really struck a chord.  She felt that the St Werburghs area was missing opportunities for more isolated older people to come and take part in their local community, make new friends and learn about the services available for them to use.

It was important that the event was:

  • Completely free, to prevent anybody from being excluded
  • Free of pity or condescension; a positive, judgement-free event
  • A truly luxury event, with excellent food and a buzzing, friendly atmosphere
  • Fully accessible to all, regardless of any physical or mental health needs

Covid didn’t stop us

When the world shut down, we knew that Festive Friends must somehow continue its connection with isolated people in the local community.  Run by an amazing, dynamic team headed up by Goska Ong, Jess Atherton and Camilla MacLaverty we pivoted and created a Covid-safe ‘doorstep delivery’ style service.

Each step of the process was carefully devised to adhere to the very strict guidelines that were in place at the time, which was even more important as we were delivering to the most vulnerable possible age group.  We organised a one-way system for our volunteers to come in, sanitise, receive their bag of food, and deliver it to the guest at their home at a safe distance – close enough to have vital conversation, but far enough away to adhere to guidelines.

Each guest received a full, 3-course meal, plus Christmas cards created by the local school and fresh flowers, donated by a local florist Snowdrop Studio.

And now it’s sprouting wings

Fuelled by the tremendous success of our Covid-safe version of Festive Friends, we managed to hold two more events:

Springtime Festive Friends, which took the form of another doorstep delivery service, feeding over 100 members of the community with a delicious Easter meal

Summer Festive Friends, which returned to its original slot in the Centre, providing a well-needed social event for 50 older people, with food created by Popti & Beast.

Covid is not the only pandemic that continues to affect us, so it’s important that we take loneliness seriously. Every small step makes a huge difference to those who are experiencing feelings of isolation and loneliness, and new connections make dramatic changes in their lives.

If you would like to learn more about Festive Friends, whether it’s as a guest, a volunteer or you would like to donate or sponsor the event, contact us on office@stwerburghs.org.uk or call 0117 955 1351.

 

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We’re Hiring!

Centre Assistant role & Duty Manager Roles are now available! Join our small dedicated team.

Are you looking for work? St Werburghs Community Association has some new roles available at St Werburghs Community Centre.

Positions include a Centre Assistant role – help us as the first point of contact by welcoming visitors to the centre and support Centre Coordinator with administration tasks.

There is also a range of shifts available as Duty Managers. Where you will ensure the safe and effective operation of the centre during activities and events. These shifts are primarily working during evening and weekend shifts.

Full job descriptions and application forms are below. Sorry no CV’s!

Centre Assistant Job Description  

Application Form Centre Assistant

Centre Assistant Ad

Equal Opportunities

Duty Manager Job Description

Duty ManagerAd

Application Form Duty Manager

Equal Opportunities

 

 

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