We believe that everyone has something of value to share
Can you spare an hour or so?
Volunteer your skills and time
Whether you are an individual, group or organisation, if you’re impressed with the opportunities and impact we create and would like to get involved, then we would love to hear from you. As a medium sized charity that deliveries many services for thousands of people every year, we rely on the goodwill of hundreds of people.
There are many ways to get involved; giving time to help run events and services, sharing skills to help us maintain and run the Greenway Centre, Youth Centre and Adventure playground, fundraising for the youth and play services, giving a monthly or legacy donation, or swapping your skills with someone else in the community. The list is endless. If you’re ensure about how you can get involved we’d still love to hear from you for a chat to explore all of the potential options.Get in touch >
Become a Volunteer
If you’d like to volunteer with us we’d love to hear from you to discuss your interests and skills. We have many different voluntary roles, from volunteering once a year by managing the car park for a large event to volunteering on a weekly basis in the community with the people we support. We also highly value volunteers that can help us to paint and fix our buildings and spend time maintaining the grounds and nurturing the outdoor plants. We’re always open to hearing what you have to offer.
Timebanking - put time in, take out time for you!
Timebanking is when you help somebody out with an activity and earn time credits. It could be a household task or to learn a new skill. You mow a neighbour’s lawn for an hour, you gain an hour’s time credit. Then you can spend your time credits to get help with an activity yourself! You could also give time credit to another TimeBank member if they need help with something. Or, you could save your credits for a rainy day!
What is Timebanking?
Timebanking is when you help somebody out with an activity and earn time credits. It could be a household task or to learn a new skill. You mow a neighbour’s lawn for an hour, you gain an hour’s time credit. Then you can spend your time credits to get help with an activity yourself!
You could also pass your time credit on to another TimeBank member, if they need help with something. Or you could save your credits for a rainy day!
Is Timebanking free?
Yes, it’s totally free! You can do all sorts of activities to help one another – dog walking, DIY, cake baking, computer skills, gardening, learning an instrument and more! It’s a creative, neighbourly way of lending a hand, sharing skills and staying connected.
Do different skills have different values?
The important thing about TimeBanking is everyone’s time and skills are valued equally. Everyone has something to offer and everyone needs a helping hand sometimes! By earning and and spending ‘time’, all members of the community are able to give and receive help in equal measure.
How do I become a TimeBank Southmead member?
You can be a member in no time! Follow these steps…
- Register a Can Do Bristol account on the Can Do Bristol website
- Complete your profile
- On your Dashboard, click the ‘Join the Timebank’ option
- Complete and submit the application form
Don’t have access to a computer but would still like to be involved? Want to find out more?
Call the Greenway Centre on 0117 950 3335 and ask for Letty or Simone
Why should I join TimeBank Southmead?
Joining TimeBank Southmead enables you to:
- Offer help to your local community (only 1 hour!)
- Get help with tasks at home or in the garden
- Learn new skills and share your own – everyone has something to offer!
- Meet your neighbours and make new connections
- Exchange time and skills equally – everyone’s time is valued the same
- Have fun!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have your say
It’s vitally important to us to keep in contact with the community that we work with and are always open to hearing your views about our services and the sites we operate. Sometimes we send out customer surveys to gather opinions and other times we conduct consultations and bring together focus groups for discussion about new services and changes in the community.
If you have a view on our services or anything related to Southmead then please don’t wait to be asked! Please get in touch by completing the enquiry form.
Southmead Community Plan
Southmead Community Plan is the result of dedicated work by residents and workers to survey almost 900 households 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.
Read more >Download the community plan >