St Werburghs Community Centre: Essential Appeal

by St Werburghs Community Centre in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

Total raised £20,896

raised so far

+ est. £1040.75 Gift Aid



To help St Werburghs Community Centre to secure its future as a warm and inclusive space for our community in Bristol

by St Werburghs Community Centre in Bristol, Bristol City, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 31st March 2023 we'd raised £16,501 with 167 supporters in 29 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

This target means we can keep this warm and welcoming space for all of the community.

Hello, from St Werburghs Community Centre! We want to thank everyone who has helped us raise over £16,000! We couldn't have done it without you. We are keeping this page open if people would like to keep donating to our cause. 


We need to raise £20,000 (our stretch target), to keep running our much-needed support services, projects and our historic building. With the rising costs of running a warm, community space, we need your help in these difficult times.

With the cost of living crisis and a greater demand for our services, we are trying to survive and create a better future. Many people are facing a worrying struggle financially, and we are too. Our gas bill alone has gone up by 300%!



We provide a safe and welcoming space for thousands of people each year. With our targeted projects we help children, young people, adults and those with additional needs to thrive in the city. With over 200 member groups, we pride ourselves on being a fully inclusive space.


You can support a warm and active space that helps the community to thrive through healthy living, wellbeing, sustainability, creativity and making sure no one is isolated. 40% of people that use the centre are from minority backgrounds and we are proud of being one of the most diverse centres in Bristol.  You can help by supporting our services and groups:

  • The Foodshareproviding weekly food and household products for local families and low income households. Since it began,  251 individuals and 58 families have benefited. A happy Foodshare user says it has been “a lifeline…we can pay bills and have heating on instead of deciding between the two.”
  • Raking & Baking: free weekly community cooking and gardening classes. 100% of participants reported that they felt more confident, less isolated and saw an improvement in their well-being.
  • Easy PC Digital Inclusion: free computer classes .This one-to-one computer skills support service helps older people to get online and supports unemployed people who are looking for work. 40% of the participants were using Easy PC to undertake job searches and applications in 2019-20. “I look after my husband with Alzheimer’s, so I enjoy the friendship as well as learning. When I can no longer get out, I will hopefully be able to shop online, do banking and lots more.”
  • Festive Friends: our biannual community feasts for around 100 isolated elders,  take place to ease loneliness and help people feel connected.
  • Over 50s Art Club: self-led creative group with a range of activities.
  • SEND stay & play for children and yoga classes for parents / primary carers (SEND – special educational needs and disabilities)
  • Business Hub: business support and office space, providing professional coaching opportunities, helping local start-up businesses to get off the ground and achieve sustainable success.
  • Free open access computers: unlike in library settings, we don’t require an address to use the computers, which serves the increasing number of Centre users without a fixed address (up to 15%)
  • Subsidised Weekly Classes run by local groups; such as yoga, tai chi for over 50s, dance fitness, African Dance with live drumming, dance classes for children, language classes, charity training, parent and baby groups and much more.
  • Volunteering: taking part in our weekly groups and community events like Picnic in the Park, our annual community celebration in Mina Road Park.



The centre was set up in the 1970s when a group of locals, including Roy Hackett MBE, came together to transform the old school building into a Community Centre. This was a new venture with St Werburghs being one of the first Community Centres to be created in Bristol. The strength of the community and the focus on bringing the different cultures of Bristol together continues to this day. 


This is the largest campaign we have ever launched and we are asking for your help.

The money raised would pay for service costs such as the gardening group leader's time, buying food for the cookery class, core costs such as staff to manage the building, rising energy costs, plus maintaining the Centre for the 80,000 visits each year. 

Any donation is welcome, even £10 would put a smile on so many faces here at the Centre.

You can make huge difference to the campaign, ensuring we build momentum and guarantee we reach our total and secure our future.



Murilo Leite D’Imperio:

‘For me, St Werburghs Community centre has kind of changed my life. It helped me start my own business which has now been running coming up, 5 years. My partner’s office is also based here so it’s kind of a really huge part of my life and without it I don’t know what I would be doing. ‘  


‘It has been a great help as financially, life has been a struggle. Having their support has been a godsend

Lee Markham:

‘It’s a wonderfully unique place where you meet many great people that you may not otherwise’

Linda McGlew:

‘I like so many things about this community centre. The friendly staff, the interesting classes like the free computer classes. I especially love the Christmas dinner.’


Thank you to everyone that has donated a reward to our campaign. We'd also like to say a huge thank you to Fifteen Ten for so generously giving their time and expertise to create our Crowdfund video. We really appreciate all the support!

We are co hosting a fundraising Pub Quiz at the new Wiper and True tap room in Old Market on the 23rd March. 7pm. Come on down to join the fun and raise some funds.


This project offered rewards

£20 or more

4 Pieminister Pies - Cook at Home

4 delicious pies from local pie maker, Pieminister. You'll receive four pies of the same variety. They'll mostly be Meaty pies - there will be some veggie ones but we cannot guarantee which you'll have. We're receiving the pies on Tues 18th April so you'll need to collect from the Centre that afternoon/eve as we won't have fridge space for 300 pies! Please note: your pies have a fridge shelf life of between 4-7 days. Pies cannot be frozen.

£10 or more

A leaf will be added to our fundraising tree

A virtual and physical thank you from the Centre. Our fundraising tree will be in our lobby, counting up to our goal for the whole of March. We will add your name onto one of the leaves of support. Thank you!

£13 or more

LushTums Pregnancy Yoga class

Join LushTums Pregnancy Yoga to learn how to breathe, move and relax helping you overcome common pregnancy ailments, aches and pains and prepare for birth and in body, mind and heart. To be used within 3 months of purchase. Can be bought on behalf of friends and family. Can be used at any of their 3 classes including: St Werburghs community centre -Saturday 10.15-11.30am

£15 or more

Restorative Yoga & Nidra for Women

A nourishing 75 minute Restorative Yoga practice for women to slow down, rest and restore, with intention. Unwind in gentle movement before settling in Restorative Yoga shapes using props (such as pillows and blankets) to naturally invite ease, softness and a calming state through the nervous system to every part of you. Classes are on the first Sunday of every month at St Werburghs Community Centre.

£35 or more

Brewery Tour and Pints @ Fierce & Noble for 4

A Tour on a Thursday at 3pm (advance booking required). Includes a tour with the head brewer on how they brew and the ingredients they use, a tasting plus a pint in the taproom for all 4 participants! Sounds great to us!

£350 or more

2 hr Business Development Growth Consultant 1:1

Jack Thompson is a Business Development Consultant with 17 years experience of consulting with companies of all shapes and sizes on their sales & marketing strategy. Jack is offering a 2 hour sales & marketing workshop in which you can get advice on how to grow your business. This consultancy is usually £450 so this a real treat for the right business. Read more about his experience here

£500 or more

Room and bar hire for the evening

Why not have your party here? We have an amazing building which can host your party for up to 150 people. This can be in the evening or in the day time. This could be for a birthday, baby shower, wedding... or what ever you would like to celebrate. (max 6hrs)

£1,000 or more

A fun teambuilding day for your team inc. Lunch

Get the whole team together for a CSR day here at St Werburghs Community Centre. We can tailor the day around your needs as a team but expect to get your hands dirty. There's always a lot to do here! Includes room hire for the whole day. Plus of course a delicious lunch by Neck of the Woods cafe.

£12 or more

Tea and Cake for 2 @ Neck of the Woods Cafe

A wonderful chance for two to sit down with a lovely pot of tea and 2 homemade cakes. All made in house at Neck of the Woods Cafe.

£15 or more

EARLY BIRD OFFER! 4 Pieminister Pies - Cook @ Home

4 delicious pies from the local pie maker, Pieminister. You'll receive four pies of the same variety. They'll mostly be Meaty pies - there will be some veggie ones but we cannot guarantee which you'll have. We're receiving the pies on Tues 18th April so you'll need to collect from the Centre that afternoon/eve as we won't have fridge space for 300 pies! Please note: your pies have a fridge shelf life of between 4-7 days. Pies cannot be frozen.

£15 or more

Bag of Extract Coffee!

Extract coffee, a local hero of coffee makers in St Werburghs is offering a bag of 250g coffee for your cafetiere. They have a range of speciality coffees which are ethically sourced and perfectly roasted for you. Pick up from The community centre by 12th April.

£30 or more

£25 Bar Tab - Fierce & Noble

Does what it says on the tin. We will pass your details to the Brewery to enjoy your Bar tab at any time. Why not sit in the pub garden or tap room and enjoy some delicious pints.

£30 or more

2 Tickets to a Watershed screening

2 tickets to see a film showing of your choice. Watershed is known for its art house movies and award-winning films. Valid for 11 months.

£36 or more

Be a Mezze Legend Kit & Recipe Box: The Spicery

Recipe book and four bespoke Mezze Legend Blends: 40-60g of each blend - enough to make at least 10 different dishes depending on the recipes! (You can order refills when you run out). Plus Four beautiful, stackable and refillable storage tins for your Mezze Legend blends - perfect for keeping everything together and presenting the kit as a gift! From Collection from the Community Centre

£45 or more

12 Case of Beers and Ales By Fierce & Noble

A selection of the most delicious Fierce & Noble beers in 500ml cans. This local Brewery is a great supporter of The Community Centre and has some very fine beers indeed! This pack currently includes cans of: Bristol Pils, Session IPA, Liberty APA, Birthday Six, Make it a Dubbel, and Cheers Mind (Contents subject to change. Collection only from the Community Centre).

£45 or more

2 Trinity tickets of your choice!

Trinity Centre is offering 2 tickets to any upcoming show/gig in the up coming year. Just choose you show and we will link you up with the tickets. (subject to availability)

£50 or more

Roots of Gospel Day @ St George's Bristol

2 x tickets to the workshop (includes entrance to evening concert) and 2 x extra tickets for the evening show for friends / family of workshop participants to see you perform! If you are a gospel singer or interested in learning how to sing gospel, then this participatory workshop - led by the internationally acclaimed conductor Ken Burton - is for you. Participants are invited to perform with the choir in the evening as part of their concert.

£55 or more

1 Term of MAMA Yoga - Yoga With Carolyn

6 week post-natal yoga course. Gentle Yoga, movement, breathwork and rest to look after your physical and mental wellbeing. We might incorporate babies in our practice, if they are communicating a need, however this class is more for YOU, to take time for YOU, with babe by your side. Mama Yoga on Tuesday mornings at the Community Centre. New term 18th April - 23rd May.

£60 or more

Popti and Beast Voucher

Our dear friends at Popti and Beast have a voucher for all you coffee, butchery and deli and snack needs. Use in one go or muliple times. £50 voucher. Pick up from the community center by 12th April.

£60 or more

Bespoke framing service - Rostra Gallery

You'll have a look at mount samples for you to choose from and we'll help you find the best combination taking into account the character of the work, its surroundings and your budget. Your artwork will then be framed by our experienced framer to the highest conservation standards, with your agreed speciality glass and delivered back to your door. Voucher worth £50.

£70 or more

Tea Blending Workshop for 2 - Bird&Blend Tea Co.

In this wonderful and traditional tea tasting session with Bird&Blend Tea Co. you'll learn about different types of tea and blending herbs. You'll discover how they are made, best enjoyed and their health benefits! You'll also be: ⭐ Creating your own tea blends to take home. You design, name and pack it! ⭐ Drinking unlimited amounts of tea / tea cocktails (with alcohol, if you wish)! ⭐ All attendees receive a goody bag

£72 or more

Bloc Climbing session for 4 people

Family Clip Session for four adults / children, or four adult climbing sessions. This would be in the form of a gift voucher to the value of four Clip n Climb participants. The value can also be used in Bloc bouldering if you would prefer. Can be used in one session or multiple visits over the year. Minimum age is 4 years. Booking required via email. The full T&Cs are available on Bloc's website:

£180 or more


The only speaker you will ever need, with an unbelievable 100 hours of battery life! In this fast-paced world we often need to be reminded to take a minute and relax into our space. The Chillout Minirig is the perfect friend to help you to unwind and have a leisurely listen to your favourite downtempo music. Collect from the Centre.

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