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.
Southmead Development Trust was established by Southmead Residents who worked together to keep the Greenway Boys School building open as a resource for the community, after it closed its doors in 1985.
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.