Place Category: Communities
The Southville Community Development Association (SCDA) runs a wide range of services in South Bristol including: nursery and out of school clubs, older peoples club and services, corporate and private room hire and weddings, cafe and catering services. We lead and support environmental and arts development projects which enhance the experience of living in the urban space of BS3.
Social Impact Declaration: Social-Impact-Declaration_SCDA.pdf
Social Impact Statements:
Social Impact Statements
The Social Enterprise Mark criteria includes a requirement that the applicant can demonstrate that social and/or environmental objectives are being achieved.
In support of this, new applicants and renewing Mark holders must submit Social Impact Statements that summarise their headline activities and achievements, helping show how they are striving to make a difference and stand up to scrutiny of purpose as a social enterprise.
1) Providing a free home for community groups
The building provides a home to a wide range of groups and activities, and is open to the public and in active use from 9am to 9pm five days a week. The building is increasingly being used at weekends for events, weddings or private functions.
The community centre provides a diverse range of public benefits, from free chilled drinking water and toilet facilities and a place to vote (we have hosted local, general, mayoral and referendum elections this year), through to a space where the community can come together to mingle and socialise over a coffee, whilst exercising or attending an event.
The importance of free community spaces to deliver public benefit and to help develop strong and cohesive communities cannot be underestimated. We continue to provide a level of support and encouragement to, and involvement with, many of the groups which we have historically helped start (most notably the South Bristol Arts Trail, the Greater Bedminster Front Garden Awards and the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership), the vast majority have been successfully “spun out”, are now independently constituted, have the confidence to self manage, raise funds and defend and promote their causes.
We have secured and retained the Social Enterprise Mark, our social return is driven by our Charitable Purposes, and, where practically possible, we continue to reduce our environmental impact, as demonstrated through our retaining the Gold Award for Green Tourism for a third time, as well as in how we manage and operate the Centre.
We provide support to new local community groups and are in discussion with a number of them to provide encouragement and explore how we could provide practical support as they develop and evolve. During the past year we have provided advice and support to local groups seeking to improve or develop local facilities and services.
Our support for the community through locally-led projects has remained an important part of the SCDAs work. Projects have included:
- Work with young people and young adults
- Inter-generational work between old and young people
- Environmental projects that help to improve the appearance and sustainability of our local community
- Health and well-being projects, particularly those aimed at our older residents to help reduce the level of isolation and loneliness of older people; but increasingly working in ever closer partnership with a range of other VCS organisations as well as primary and community health
2) Examples and measures of key activities
We are a Significant Local Employer
The SCDA currently employs 52 people, around 70% of paid staff, volunteers and trustees live within three miles of the Southville Centre allowing them to walk, cycle or use public transport to travel to work. Around 50 local, self employed people use the Southville Centre to offer evening classes and courses, provide music lessons, sell produce and take part in our various events.
We are a Community Venue
The building provides a home to a wide range of groups and activities, and is open to the public and in active use from 9am to 9pm five days a week with a diverse range of public benefits, free chilled drinking water, toilets, a place to vote, social space, café. We provide much used room hire to the community for weddings, meetings, exercise classes, craft markets etc.
The Centre is fully accessible. We also offer use of our hallways and cafe walls for local artists to display their art and other space for other local people and businesses to use, such as the organic veg boxes, organic bread sales, a food co op outlet (bulk buying of food) and much more
We help Community Development
We provide support to many of the groups we founded originally (most notably the South Bristol Arts Trail, the Greater Bedminster Front Garden Awards and the Greater Bedminster Community Partnership), the vast majority have been successfully “spun out”, are independently constituted, have the confidence to self manage and promote their causes
We offer Family Services
We run nursery provision for children between the ages of 12 months and 5 years, a Breakfast Club, After School Club and Holiday Club for children between the ages of 4 and 11 years old. We run a drop in Play Group every Wednesday morning providing play opportunities for children and allows parents to socialise.
- We have a footfall of approximately 2,000 people a week through the Centre
- Our charitable community consists of anyone living (approximately 17,000 people), working or socialising in BS3. 180 children attend the nursery
- 250 children use the out of school provision.The toddler group is usually attended by approximately 25 parents plus children
- 25 older people participating in the Monday club each week
- Other older people’s initiatives include our Tuesday Sporting Memories group (circa 10 people per week) and our Dementia Café on a Wednesday, fortnightly, (circa 12-14 people
- Community Tea dances occur every quarter and attract up to 50 attendees. Music Space (SCDA in house tenant) currently works with around 400 people each week
Annual events attracting approximately 300 people per event include the Arts Trail in May and the Christmas market in December. We are an appointed safe place in the community and also a polling station.
3) Case studies - impact on the local community
Case study 1 - Julian
Julian Brooks from Leigh Court Farm delivers organic fruit and vegetable boxes to the Southville Centre every Thursday afternoon. Around 70 families arrive between 4 and 7pm mostly on foot, to fetch their weekly order, where Julian greets them with a familiar smile and tells them about the seasonal produce, gives cooking tips on the more unusual items, and offers recipe suggestions.
Case study 2 - Dian
Dian Keepin joined the older people’s weekly social club run by the SCDA 2 years ago. Dian has had a busy and full life; she had always been sociable, but in 2011, retired and recently been widowed after 60 years of marriage, Dian was understandably at a very low point in her life. Dian says that from the moment she walked into the Monday Club she felt at home.
The team and volunteers made her feel welcome and at ease. She now stays for both the morning and afternoon sessions and has the lunch which is prepared and cooked on site. She takes part in craft activities, enjoys the group day trips and wins most of the quizzes! In particular Dian really enjoys the sing-along sessions as she used to be a member of a choir and it gives her great pleasure to once again take part in collective singing.
“The Monday Club gave me a new lease of life.” says Dian “It’s the place I feel most relaxed.”
Case study 3 - Freya
Freya (10) has been attending the SCDA after school club and holiday playscheme for 5 years. The after school club team collect up to 60 children each day from two local primary schools and activities are provided at the Southville Centre and in a neighbouring play café.
For Freya’s mum Mandy, having access to a local ‘OFSTED Outstanding’ community based after school group means that she can work on a full time basis, whilst having confidence that Freya is having fun with her friends in a safe and well managed group.
Whilst attending the after school club, children also have a healthy snack prepared at the Southville Centre café and during the holiday playscheme there are frequent outings to local places of interest. There are also opportunities to engage with community projects and events, for example Freya recently created a picture with a local artist, which then became part of a community ‘street carpet’ painted on the pavement of a local street.
Case study 4 - inter-generational activities
As part of a focus on inter-generational activities, the SCDA organised a water sports project for young people (11-19) and older people (50+) in partnership with Young Bristol. Over the course of 6 weeks, 14 people took part in an introduction to water sports including rowing, raft building and kayaking. There were positive examples of younger and older people working together. A celebration for all participants and family members took place to reward their achievements.