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, The Ranch adventure playground and youth club, 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.

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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.

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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

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!

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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

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.

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Your time could help make a difference to the Southmead Community.

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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.


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