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Living Wage Employer

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At St Werburghs Community Centre we respect and value our hard working staff. This is reflected in lots of different ways – through the many long term employees we have, to the fact that we are a Living Wage Employer. We became one in April 2015 and this change has meant that wages now reflect the real cost living, which is something we are very proud of.



ACORN Bristol

Posted by St Werburghs - 07/07/15 11:50AM - 0 Comments - news

Two of our former community organisers – Nick and Louie have been involved with the setup of ACORN UK to bring communities together to campaign for better conditions. In Bristol ACORN (The Association of Community Organisations for Reform Now) is leading the way for better conditions in rented housing and “to fight locally to end evictions, rip-off tenancy fees, and unhealthy housing” and for other improvements to communities and neighbourhoods. If you want to find out more about what they do or to become involved as a member you can check out their website here.


Raking & Baking is back!

Posted by St Werburghs - 05/06/15 04:54PM - 0 Comments - news

Completely taking the iconic British campaign ‘Dig for Victory’ to a new level, St Werburghs Community Centre is hosting a year long opportunity for you to get our your spade for good old dig, and while you’re at it don’t forget your fork with delicious cooking courses.

The focus is on teaching inner city Bristolians how to garden and cook using home-grown, simple food. There is nothing more satisfying than enjoying a green, lush salad that you have sown the seeds and grown yourself? Every 8 weeks throughout the year, you can join one of the courses for free and once you have finished your two months you can share your new skills and knowledge with the next cohort as a volunteer. Each course is different from the last as it works with the seasons of the year. From these courses you can learn how to grow vegetables in your garden, but specifically in containers as the vast proportion of Bristol may not have access to gardens or allotments. By learning how to grow veggies in containers on balconies or windows you too can open up your world to a brand new eating experience.

At the gardening sessions people learn how to manage a small garden using permaculture principles. The workshops include sessions on container growing, composting, sowing seeds, companion planting and harvesting. As well as gardening for food production there are also culinary and medicinal herb gardens.

The cooking sessions will focus on how to cook fresh, healthy and well-balanced meals and how to use the surplus of crops to last all year by making chutneys, cordials and jams. There will also be sessions on international cuisine which will include Italian, West Indian, Japanese, Somali and varied Asian cuisine.

Goska Ong, St Werburghs Centre manager, said:

“The project is a great way for the people of Bristol to learn more about the origin of their food and some important life skills. Growing your own fresh vegetables and fruit is relatively simple and cheap, and learning how to make the most of this healthy food is obviously a big benefit.”

The first course starts from Tuesday 19th May and ends Tuesday 7th July. For one day a week usually 10am-3pm you and 11 others, will spend two hours making, baking and cooking some delicious treats for your lunch and then in the afternoon it’s trowels at the ready as you descend into the garden to discover your green fingers.

Raking and Baking was set up 5 years ago and they have now secured another 5 years worth of Lottery Funding via the Reaching Communities, Big Lottery Fund, to aid with this project. It is available to anyone and everyone of any age, and of any skill base. Are you particularly good with the rake but your scones need honing? Then this is perfect for you as the participants share their knowledge and it is all about helping others in your community and meeting new people.

Speaking to Goska she told me:

“There are a huge mix of people who attend and it is all about gaining skills and improving your wellbeing through the use of physical exercise and meeting other people. Mental wellbeing is very important.”

If you are interested on enrolling on one of the courses contact:

0117 955 1351 or e-mail

St Werburghs Community Centre, Horley Road, St Werburghs, Bristol, BS2 9TJ

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Voscur’s ‘Community Venue of the Year’ award goes to St Werburghs Community Centre

Posted by St Werburghs - 07/11/13 10:41AM - 0 Comments - news
St Werburghs Community Centre in East Bristol was recently made the proud recipient of the Community Venue of the Year award at the ‘Voscurs’ – an award ceremony run by Voscur, the umbrella organisation for voluntary sector in Bristol. The Awards celebrate achievements within the charity and voluntary sector.

One nomination said the Centre: “…consistently delivered an excellent service for people all over Bristol”, praising the professionalism and dedication of the staff, saying they have a “can be bothered” attitude.

“We are very pleased. It really means a lot to us. The Centre staff and trustees work very hard and you can clearly see that they love what they do. It is fantastic to achieve the recognition for hard work and celebrate it with the team.” - said Goska Ong, the Centre Manager.

Further recognition went to two members of the Centre’s Management Committee, Derek Sealy and Roy Hackett, jointly winning the award for Longest Serving Volunteer – both having served the board since 1972. Both Roy and Derek have been active and prominent members of the local community for decades and were delighted to receive their award.

The awards were presented by the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Faruk Choudhury at the ceremony on Wednesday 6th November 2013 at the Station on Silver Street.

For more information please contact Heather Murray, Centre Administrator on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail

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Werbuzz Community Garden Project

Our new exciting project is all about creating a buzz in the Centre, and outside!

We would like to transform our car park into a community garden, play and event space for everyone!

Imagine lush greenery, kids interacting and learning about plants and bugs, and some lovely seating in the sun!


Have you got any ideas or comments? Please get in touch and share them with us! Mike and Elise, architects at Nash Partnership are helping us with some designs. 

E-mail Goska on or pop into the Centre and write your comments on the notice board in the main Lobby opposite the reception.



St Werburghs Centre is recruiting volunteers to help us with various and exciting projects – Picnic in the Park, film-making, bike repair project, photography & writing community newsletter, photography & co-ordination for new Community Centre's website, organising workshops and events and general administration, reception or care-taking tasks.

The Management Committee and Staff of the St Werburghs Centre are fully committed to the recruitment and support of volunteers within our organisation.
We hold the belief that volunteers can provide a variety of skills and experience that would not otherwise be available. We also recognise that volunteers require satisfying work and personal development and will seek to help our volunteers to meet these needs.
To find out more please download our Volunteer Policy.

If you would like to get involved and make a difference in your community please contact Goska Ong on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail

St Werburghs Centre
Horley Road, St Werburghs, Bristol BS2 9TJ

Marketing Officer (Ongoing)

We are looking for a volunteer to help us keep our website up to date as well as to create social networks accounts and administrate them according to what news we have. If you can spare a couple of hours per week and are interested in this role, please phone 0117 955 1351 or e-mail