Supporting our Communities to Thrive


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Women at Eid
Walking Group
Ranch firepit
Ella tree
Pos Planet
Link Forward Team
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Group at The Ranch
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What we do


We are a charity made up of staff, volunteers and residents who work together to help to release power in our community.  By working alongside residents in North Bristol our expert teams support communities to be strong, vibrant and resourceful through building health, wellbeing, learning, employment and pride of place.

We manage the Greenway Centre and The Ranch (Southmead Adventure Playground), providing inspiring and accessible community spaces for children, young people, families, adults, community groups, partners and businesses.  They are both well-loved local venues and host popular community events throughout the year including the Southmead Festival and community pantomime.

We are proud of our impact and that for every £1 we invest we generate £28 in social value.

Read our Impact Report for 2023 – 2024 > here

For more About Us click > here

Welcome to the Greenway Centre

Community - Wellbeing - Business

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Go to Cafe Des Amis

Youth and Play

at The Ranch

Providing safe spaces for children and young people to flourish is essential to a healthy, vibrant and energetic community. We manage The Ranch (Southmead Adventure Playground). Our free, open access sessions for ages 8-18 are run by our Youth and Play team, supported by local Volunteers.  Activities include sports, creative workshops, music, outdoor play, indoor play and hanging out. Working with partners across the City we ensure the voices of young people and children are heard.  We are proud to be part of the Playful Bristol network.

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Latest News

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The Festival is Here thanks to Volunteers & Sponsors

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Summer at The Ranch

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Summer Children’s Support with Link Forward

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Days Like These: Neighbours to the Zoo Project

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Southmead Stories

Have our community news delivered straight to your inbox by clicking the sign up link below. Find out what’s happening in the wider community and about the work and projects of the Southmead Development Trust. Items are written by residents and workers, as well as organisations who want to reach our residents. We also print a magazine to distribute to all the main venues in Southmead – do pick up a copy if you like your news on paper!


Please donate

Our fundraising focus is for children and young people. We need your help to keep our youth & play sessions running at The Ranch (Southmead Adventure Playground).

We also need funds to put on events like the Southmead Community Festival - every penny counts.