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About us

We’re Southmead Development Trust, a charity made up of staff, volunteers and residents who work together to achieve our vision of a thriving community. We improve health, wellbeing, local pride, and employment. We bring business and investment to the area.

Our three sites – Greenway Centre, Southmead Youth Centre and Southmead Adventure Playground, are much-loved local venues that provide inspiring spaces for events, meetings, training and business.  We run or host an exciting programme of events ranging from conferences and sporting events, to creative writing, dancing and pantomimes.  Our customers join a fun, welcoming community and enjoy our large café and newly refurbished gym.

We’re a growing and vibrant team based at the Greenway Centre. We love where we work, it’s a lively community space with a gym, café, and huge outdoor space connecting to Badock’s Wood Nature Reserve – great for walking meetings and lunchtime strolls.

Our values

Positivity – regardless of change

Integrity – being true to our word

Excellence – going above and beyond

Welcoming – respecting everyone

Entrepreneurial – for the long term good of our communities


Our values were decided by our staff and trustees. They shape how we work with residents, partners and each other, and guide the decisions we make.

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What we offer

33 days annual holiday (including bank holidays)

A defined contribution pension scheme

Life Assurance scheme

Free membership to our Greenway Gym including all classes

Family friendly policies, hybrid and flexible working options

10% discount at the on-site Café des Amis

Cycle to Work scheme

Secure bike storage

Monthly all staff meetings to stay connected and updated

What's it like to work here?

“Being an employment mentor is really rewarding. People come to us because they don’t know where to start to take the next steps in life, and just being able to be there for them makes all the difference.

I meet so many brave and fantastic people at Southmead Development Trust, and I also love being part of a supportive team. The great thing about the job is the variety – one day I might be helping someone in their 50s to do their first online job search, the next I’m listening to a young person opening up about what’s holding them back, and exploring ways to build up their confidence.”

Jodi – West of England Works Mentor

Meet the team and Trustees

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