Our Impact Report 2023 - 2024

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About us

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 sites – Greenway Centre and Southmead Adventure Playground, are well-loved local venues and host popular community events throughout the year.

We’re really proud of our work, please read our latest Impact Report > here


Supporting our Community to Thrive

We work alongside residents in North Bristol to help to keep communities strong, resilient, and resourceful.

Our expert teams connect with adults, children, families and community groups to offer support with physical and mental health, employment and training, area regeneration, and community business.

We create and provide inspiring community spaces for groups, clubs, classes, events, meetings, training and business at the Greenway Centre and the Southmead Adventure Playground (The Ranch).

Whether you’re an individual, a community group, or an organisation, we’re here to help you grow and to support positive wellbeing.

Our plans are our community’s plans.  We work with a community development approach to continuously build on what is already working, our assets and strengths, and to listen out for what else we can support to happen.

Southmead Community Plan

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Our History

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 The Ranch (Southmead Adventure Playground) in 2018.  All three sites were leased to the Trust from Bristol City Council.

We agreed to return our lease on Southmead Youth Centre to the Council at the end of 2022.  In return they helped pay for the renovation of The Ranch and also promised new community facilities within the future development at Glencoyne Square.

Meet the Team


Our Values

Positivity – regardless of the challenge

Integrity – being true to our word

Excellence – going above and beyond

 Welcoming – respecting everyone

Entrepreneurial – for the long term good of our communities

We Work in Partnerships

Partner with us to deliver high calibre services in North Bristol

We work with many local, City and national partners.  We pride ourselves on excellent relationships with organisations and businesses who connect with our values.

Please contact Amy Kinnear, CEO, for new partnership proposals.

email: amykinnear@southmead.org, tel: 0117 950 3335

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Our partners

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.

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