Welcome to Southmead Development Trust. We are a charity made up of staff, volunteers and residents who work together to keep power in our community. We work with partners to improve health, wellbeing, local pride, and employment. We connect residents and groups to target social isolation. We bring business and investment to the area.
Our vision is a thriving and healthy community. Guided by residents we provide the support, spaces and services our community needs. Our three sites – Greenway Centre, Southmead Youth Centre and Southmead Adventure Playground, are well-loved local venues and host popular community events throughout the year.
Meet the team
Senior Operations Manager
Health & Wellbeing Team Leader
Facilities Team Leader
Fitness Team Leader
Employment & Training Team Leader
Youth & Play Team Leader
Project Manager & Community Life Planner
Social Prescribing Team Leader
Southmead Development Trust was established by Southmead Residents who worked to keep a local school building, closed in 1985, as a community resource. With initial support from the Council, residents formed the Greenway Centre Trust, subsequently renamed Southmead Development Trust: a self-sufficient charity working for the benefit of all Southmead Residents, with a Board of Trustees elected from residents. To continue community Youth and Play services, the Trust helped to save the Southmead Youth Centre from closure in 2014, and the Southmead Adventure Playground in 2018. All three sites are leased to the Trust from Bristol City Council.
Our work has led to significant social impact and improved life outcomes across the local area. We are very proud of our recent achievements including:
- Coordinating the local Community Plan, the basis for many local projects and initiatives. http://southmeadcommunityplan.co.uk
- Supporting approximately 1000 people per month across Southmead and North Bristol including over 130 children and young people a week
- Becoming an emergency response hub to the Coronavirus crisis, distributing food, supporting isolated residents and running over 200 online groups
- Saving local assets for community use including Southmead Youth Centre and the Ranch Adventure Playground and leading on the UK’s largest community led housing scheme
- Becoming a best practice expert for community led preventative health initiatives and community housing, with our work recognised locally and nationally
- Supporting over 50 local volunteers
- Running a busy events programme including pantomimes, monthly markets, the Southmead festival and community theatre
Received hot meals & self-care packages from our teams during the first lockdown.
SDT Covid community response 2020
Meet our Trustees
I believe this is an exciting time for Southmead. What’s important is the potential for local people to have a greater say in what happens in Southmead.
I have worked in Southmead for many years and believe SDT will be a powerful voice on behalf of the community both locally and nationally.
I feel that the SDT makes a difference to the community of Southmead and I am committed to seeing the SDT serve Southmead better and more effectively.
I’ve lived in Southmead for 17 years and call it home. I believe SDT is well placed to listen to the community and respond to what it says.
I was born in Southmead 51 years ago. I am on the Board because I want to be a voice for Southmead residents.
I am one of the Councillors for Southmead. I care about people and believe Southmead residents deserve the best we can give them.
I’m involved with SDT because I want to play my part in working for the community where I live; it’s an organisation that’s really making a positive impact on Southmead.
I was born in Southmead and worked at the Youth Centre. I like the way SDT works, supporting people to make positive changes and involving local residents in making decisions.
I’m one of the Councillors for Southmead. I’m passionate about the community and working with residents to support them in making the community as safe and strong as possible.
I care passionately about the community of Southmead having policed the estate for over 25 years. It's important that SDT has the benefit of the whole community at its core.
Having been born and raised in Southmead, I wanted to contribute to the ongoing development of the SDT in order to support the local community that I belong to.
I was born in Southmead and worked at the GP surgery. I want to make a difference and believe that SDT is well-placed to facilitate change and respond to the community.
I’ve worked regularly in Southmead, developing sports facilities and other local projects. SDT is a great organisation making a real difference to people in the community.
I’m a Southmead resident. I study Architecture at UWE and was keen to get involved in the community. I really enjoy contributing my skills to the Southmead Regeneration project.
I’ve lived in Southmead my whole life, worked and raised my family here. Children are the way forward to building a better Southmead deserving a safe environment and feeling valued.
Work for us
We’re a growing and vibrant team based at the Greenway Centre. We pride ourselves on our working relationships with the Trust’s values at heart: Positivity, Integrity, Excellence, Welcoming, Entrepreneurial. We love where we work, it’s a vibrant community space with a gym, café, and huge outdoor space connecting to Badock’s Wood Nature Reserve – great for walking meetings and lunchtime strolls. Staff have free gym membership and we encourage activities we can all be involved with such as gardening, eco-projects, volunteering, mentoring, and fundraising.
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