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Community Engagement

Are you looking for a way to get involved with your local community? You are in the right place. St Werburghs Community Centre is all about bringing people together and supporting them through inclusive events and activities in our vibrant local hub. All of our projects and services 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, take a look around and see what we can offer you.

Services available to 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:

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

  • Festive Friends – celebration meal events for isolated older people
  • Picnic in the Park – community festival
  • Users’ Forum Open Day
  • Volunteer Gardening Days
  • Christmas Market
  • Annual General Meeting

Picnic In The Park

Our annual community-led 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 Gardening 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.

The next one is planned for Saturday, 5th March 2022, 9.30 am to 3.30 pm. Refreshments, tools and lunch will be provided.

We will be rebuilding play equipment replacing the tunnel with play houses, creating an interactive play space for toddlers.

To register for volunteering please contact office@stwerburghs.org.uk

 

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 at the Community Centre.

Once again we reunited the most isolated older people in December 2021. They were entertained by Golden Oldies Charity singalong and the Lord Mayor of Bristol.

It was amazing. The food was fine. The hot Christmas drink was wonderful. All your helpers were so good and kind. We were given Christmas cards from children that brought tears to my eyes. I can only tell people what a wonderful organisation St Werburghs CC is. All are welcome. Thank you again. I so enjoyed myself. I hope you all have a wonderful 2022” Mary Wood, Festive Friends Dec 2021 attendee.

Festive Friends was supported by the John James Bristol Foundation, the Anchor Society, Nisa Local and the wonderful Heather Murray and her team at Beesting Digital.

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 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, performances, workshops, decorations and delicious, festive food and drinks provided by Neck of the Woods. It really 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.

The event is usually held in the first week of December on a Friday evening.

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.

This event is usually held in the Summer.

AGM

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

 

At this event, our Chair, Ariana Ahmadi, Treasurer Fabia Jeddere-Fisher and Centre Director, Goska Ong present the annual report to Members of St Werburghs Community Association. Members join with Trustees and Staff to hear the latest analysis of the Centre’s services, activities and strategy. There is also an opportunity to ask questions and nominate new Trustees to the Board.

 

The next AGM will cover the year between 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021. It will take place on Thursday 27th January 2022 at 6 to 7 pm.

We plan the event as Face-to-face and Zoom. If you are a Member, or were in the period above, you have been invited via email.

RSVP via the link in the email before registering for the meeting.

The Annual Report will be published here shortly.

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