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Christmas Dinner in Clevedon!

Here are some pictures of our Monday Club outing to The Little Harp at Clevedon, on Monday, December 5th, 2016. The club had a fabulous meal, and the staff were wonderful. Our drivers Steve and Roddy joined us too, as did Les's daughter Pauline.

Pottery Workshop

Here are some pictures of our recent pottery workshop for Over 55s.

Welcome to the Peter Herve Benevolent Institute

On August 9th we had a visit from Barbara and Jill, the Co-Chairs of the Peter Herve Benevolent Institute. We’re thrilled that they've decided to award the SCDA with a grant in order for us to increase the frequency of the Wednesday afternoon sessions we run with Alive Activities, for people affected by Dementia.

A huge thank you to the Peter Herve Benevolent Institute and to Barbara and Jill for their visit yesterday. And don't forget, our next session is at the end of the month on 31st August. Please drop us an email if you'd like to find out more about these drop-in sessions.


Grateful to the Grateful Society

We would like to thank The Grateful Society for their continued financial support towards our older people’s services. The Grateful Society very kindly provide sponsorship for 14 individuals to access the weekly Monday Club, our day opportunity service which aims to increase social interaction for a group of older people in BS3. The Monday Club offers entertainment, activities and a delicious cooked meal, as well as occasional days out in the area. In addition, the society has also provided us with grant funding which will allow us to provide more frequent activity afternoons for people affected by Dementia and their carers over the next 12 months. This new funding will allow us to provide a fortnightly programme of drop-in activities, including opportunities for reminiscence, music, poetry and games.

We were very pleased to welcome Alistair Currie, President of the Grateful Society, to the Southville Centre in February. Alistair met some of the Monday Club members who told him about how important the club is to them.


Our Winter Tea Dance at the end of January proved very popular - with live band and a dance instructor to get everyone's toes tapping whether or not they took to the dance floor!


In late December 2015 the Monday Club featured in a BBC Breakfast item on loneliness at Christmas. The BBC sent a film crew down to interview people at the Monday Club Christmas Dinner and panto, and have kindly let us share the footage; CLICK HERE

Some SCDA members also went into the studio on the morning that the film was broadcast to talk live on the red sofa about SCDA initiatives around loneliness and aging, and what practical things we try to do here at Southville Centre and in BS3.



The October Social Tea Dance was Green-themed, with everyone encouraged to come along wearing something Green, and bring along old and unwanted clothes & bric-a-brac for swapping!


Earlier in 2015 we were delighted to receive some funding from Greater Bedminster Community Partnership. The grant from their Wellbeing Fund enabled us to to run two tea dances and take the Monday Club out on two outings.


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Old News:

SCDA's very own Simon Hankins made an appearance on Bristol's Ujima Radio on Wednesday 4th Feb 2015, when Women's Outlook with Paulette North focused on the research being carried out by Older People's Services and the other partners in Bristol Ageing Better.

You can listen to the whole show online: The first half is here & the second is here


In 2014 The Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) partnership recruited retired and senior volunteers to undertake research into the lives of older people.  The partnership is developing a wide range of actions to address loneliness in older people in Bristol and wanted to train and support a group of community researchers to explore these issues.  More information about BAB can be found on its web site www.bristolageingbetter.org.uk

Seeds of Change Project 2013

Click here to learn more about our involvement in the 'Seeds of Change' Project

Harvest Festival Tea Dance, 24th September 2012:

click here to watch youtube video

Celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee in fine style

In celebration of the Queens Diamond Jubilee the Southville Community Development Association (SCDA), along with Bedminster LinkAge and In-The-Pink Catering (ITPC, the independently-run, Southville Centre Café) all worked together to lay on a wonderful afternoon of dancing and high tea at the Southville Centre on the 7th June for our older residents.

With a brilliant live band led by Norma Dakin, and a dance instructor to help those who had not danced for a while, over 50 of our older residents, several of whom participate in the SCDA’s older people’s Day Opportunity Services offered under the umbrella of the “Monday Club”, took to the dance floor, and even Bristol’s Lord Major, Councillor Peter Main, came along and entered into the spirit of things by joining in the fun.

The Southville Centre’s Main Hall looked resplendent draped with Union Jack bunting and the tables equally so with their Union Jack napkins, the wonderful spread of sandwiches and finger-food and the cake-stands piled high with scrummy and highly tempting cakes.

The event was organised in large-part by the Bedminster, Southville and Ashton LinkAge Advisory Group, a group of older people who come together to help ensure that there are activities, events and other things available that over 55s in our community would like and want to do.  They did a wonderful job with the Jubilee Dance, promoting the event, selling tickets, gathering all the decorations together, pumping-up the balloons and encouraging everyone to join-in and dance.  The Advisory Group was also ably supported by volunteers from Young Bristol and even the Chief Executive Officer of the SCDA joined in hanging-up the bunting – a truly joint and multigenerational effort.

View coverage on thisisbristol.co.uk

This sell-out event proved so popular that the organisers had to turn people away; because of the popularity and because of the huge amount of enjoyment and fun had by those fortunate enough to get a ticket, the SCDA, LinkAge and ITPC put-on more Social Tea Dances at the Southville Centre; they are held roughly every 3-months so watch this space, check the LinkAge Newsletter and website and elsewhere for information – buy your tickets early so as not to be disappointed and come and enjoy the fun.