We believe that everyone has something of value to share

Can you spare an hour or so?

Apply to volunteer with us

Become a Volunteer

Our projects rely on a talented mix of staff and volunteers. We really appreciate the free time and effort which our volunteers give – it’s amazing! We have over 60 volunteers doing a a whole range of things: helping to shape young lives at The Ranch; supporting someone to come to the gym; delivering our local magazine, there’s plenty of ways to help.

Volunteering opportunities can be 1-1 or group based and you’ll always be fully supported by the project leads and our Volunteer Coordinator.  You can volunteer on a regular basis or for one off events such as our Southmead Festival and Christmas Panto.  If you are part of an organisation or company, we are happy to support staff volunteer days and your Corporate Social Responsibility objectives.

As one of our volunteers you’ll join a whole network of others, receiving ongoing training and support, learning opportunities and invites to social events.


Meet Alex our Volunteer Coordinator

Alex had been volunteering with us for several years before becoming our Volunteer Coordinator.  Her focus is to make sure everyone’s volunteering experience in the community is the best it can be.

“I fell in love with Bristol after moving here 6 years ago.  I heard about the Volunteer Coordinator job whilst volunteering with Neighbours Connect Southmead.  As a Trust volunteer I always felt valued, supported and loved being part of the community – it inspired me to take on this new career.”

To chat with me about being involved, do get in touch – email: alexbennett@southmead.org, tel: 0117 950 3335

Become a Trustee

Southmead Development Trust is proud that local people make up the majority of our strong board of trustees. They meet monthly to discuss the direction of the organisation, ensure our services and business activity fit with our values and principles, that we are financially viable and always working towards our ultimate vision. They guide our fantastic workforce by sharing their expertise and lived experience. If you’re interested in becoming a trustee we’d love to hear from you, please email samgarbett@southmead.org

Have your say!

Support your community

You can support your community by giving us feedback when we need your views, sharing information with your neighbours and helping to distribute leaflets and posters to raise awareness about our services and events. As a community organisation, it’s important to have our community’s input!

We sometimes have surveys and consultations so we can get as many ideas and views as possible for events, groups and opportunities in Southmead. If you have a view on our services or anything related to Southmead then please make sure to have your say.

Southmead Community Plan

Southmead Community Plan is the result of dedicated work by residents and workers to survey almost 900 households in 2015 to gather views and ideas on several aspects of the local area. The vision is for a Southmead that is known as a great place for everyone to live, a strong community where residents work together, inspire each other and people of all ages have the skills and confidence to achieve their full potential. We came together to shape a plan for the area in order to:

  • Increase the likelihood of Southmead receiving financial investment
  • Support community groups and residents to work together
  • Influence decisions that will have an impact on Southmead.

There are 9 areas of focus and the responses guide decisions made about services, projects and regeneration in the community.


Download the community plan >