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Some of the Social Benefit provided by the Southville Community Development Association:

The SCDA works to provide benefit to the local community in many ways, including via its communication policy and practise.

We provide meeting space and act as an information point:

We offer space for members of the community to deliver training, take part in exercise and to socialise, so adding to health and well-being of the community.
The Southville Centre operates as an information point, displaying leaflets about local attractions, transport and travel options, and we provide local people with a public forum to sell, swap, recycle unwanted items. and to advertise their services such as gardening, or cleaning etc.

We provide wrap-around childcare for local families:

The SCDA provides child care and after school services for 364 children, enabling their parents  to work, pursue careers and brings income into the area that can be spent in the local shops, restaurants and services, providing employment again to many. In that respect it plays an important part in the local economy and will become even more important upon the launch of the second site nursery. The multiple uses of the Southville centre provide economies of scale that enable clubs and societies to use the space and facilities on offer that otherwise they would be unlikely to afford. Through diligent governance and risk management the SCDA is able to acquire funding for projects and services, such as those for older peoples, which otherwise may find it difficult to gain capital if being run as separate entities.

We support small businesses with publicity and promote local purchasing:

The SCDA provides communication support to scores of small businesses and sole traders who run classes at the Southville Centre, by providing access them with access to our channels of communication, such as our monthly advert in the Pigeon, by advertising on our website, and with “Point of Sale” promotion in the Southville Centre Reception.
We run events to foster a sense of community, to support artisan makers, to encourage local purchasing. For example the annual Southbank Bristol Art Trail sees the area come alive with installations, fine art and handmade craft. The SCDA founded the event and the Southville Centre remains the largest venue on the trail. Throughout the year we also offer exhibition space in the Centre for artists to sell their art and we promote these regular exhibitions.

We keep the community informed about SCDA developments and provide opportunities to partake in two way communication with the SCDA:

The SCDA as a membership organisation based in the community, providing services to the community aims to keep its customers and service user up to date with news and developments. We do this in a number of ways:
  • We use social media to publicise: SCDA events, partnership events, and events in the community.
  • The website is kept up to date with information about staff, the Board of Trustees, how to get to the Southville Centre, what is happening at the Centre.
  • We create, display and distribute leaflets to promote services, classes, room hire rates, foot-care, tea dances, nursery provision etc.
We hold an Annual General Meeting open to the public and members where we give a presentation of our financial statement and report on service developments. We provide the opportunity for people to join as members, to become volunteers, to consider becoming a trustee.