The End of St Pauls Unlimited

March 3, 2015

The Officers and Coordinating Body members of St Pauls Unlimited Community Partnership have taken the difficult decision to voluntarily wind up the organisation.

The decision follows a two year period of re-organisation, moving towards independence from the city council.

Over the last two years we have tried, unsuccessfully, to get more people involved in the organisation. The residents who are still involved and active are already doing as much as they can. With the withdrawal of BCC support, along with the aspiration to become independent, much more needs to be taken on by residents who simply aren’t there to do it.

We have also struggled to define exactly what the purpose of SPU is now. It’s been difficult to define and maybe this is because the need is no longer as urgent or vital as it once was. This is because of the fantastic work and commitment from the residents and partners involved over the last 12 years.

SPU no longer being needed is a positive sign! It means that all the work that has been put in has paid off and St Pauls is no longer the place it was. A lot has changed for the community and this can only be a positive outcome.

Plans are underway to mark the end of this valued community organisation with events that will live up to the successful events held in the past. Look out for further details!

An update on plans and a final e-bulletin will be available towards the end of March so please look out for it.

In the meantime we would like to thank all the residents who have committed so much of their time over the last 12 years as well as all those who have supported our work – without you it would not have happened.

A Ward Just For St Pauls?

February 2, 2015

The Boundary Commission for Bristol has just published it draft recommendations report on changes being proposed to the layout of electoral wards in Bristol:

A summary of the information relating to St Pauls is;

The boundaries of Ashley ward have not been changed in these recommendations.

The Boundary Commission are proposing to rename Ashley ward as “Ashley & Stokes Croft”.

They have recommended that Ashley ward has three councillors rather than two. This is in line with projected population increase.

St Pauls Unlimited will be hosting a public meeting to discuss the proposals and establish what people think about the boundary changes, on Tuesday 10th February, 6pm at Unitarian Chapel, Brunswick Square. Please come along and share your views.

We’ve moved!

January 23, 2015

As the next step in our journey to independence we have now moved out of St Agnes Lodge and into our new office at St Pauls Learning Centre.  We are excited to be in a new location so close to the heart of St Pauls and are looking forward to making new links and delivering even better projects and events!

We are on the first floor of the centre, next door to the Disability Equality Forum, please pop in if your passing for a chat and a cup of tea…..

As part of the move our contact details have also changed – we can now be reached at or called on 07909475069

The community room at the Lodge is still available and if you want to book it you should contact David Crowley on 0117 9224087,

We don’t know yet what will happen to St Agnes Lodge but if you would like to find out what the future holds for the building please email

Exciting Job Opportunity!

November 14, 2014

Community Development Manager – Freelance Opportunity

St Pauls Unlimited is an organisation with residents in the driving seat. We are working in partnership with public, private and voluntary sector organisations to make a difference to the lives of the people living in St Pauls.  

We have been in operation since 2002 with the support of Bristol City Council. This support has come to an end and we are seeking the right individual to move us forward on our journey to independence, and help us deliver our current business plan.

In addition to the day to day management of the partnership we need someone with the drive and enthusiasm to ensure that the organisation can really make the progress it needs in order to deliver the priorities of the community.


We are looking for a worker with proven experience of:

  • Creative and innovative community involvement and engagement work
  • Project management
  • Fundraising
  • Empowering residents
  • Building effective partnerships
  • Engaging with diverse groups

Length of contract

We have secured funding and suggest a contract of around 2 days per week (or the equivalent) for the duration of 2015.

Responding to the brief

To respond to this brief please e-mail with the following information:

  • Why you are interested in this piece of work
  • What relevant experience you have
  • How you would approach the work
  • Any problems you might encounter and how you would overcome these
  • Contact details for 2 referees

The closing date for applications is 5th December 12:00 noon.

To find out more or request a copy of the business plan and/or job description e-mail or phone Sam Parker on 0117 9039932

Remember Remember the 5th of November!

November 3, 2014


St Pauls Learning Centre Community Asset Transfer update

June 6, 2014

As you will know we recently ran a consultation to find out what local people wanted to see happen at the St Pauls Learning and Family Centre.

The information contained in the published brief inviting people to apply to the City Council to manage the building included recommendations taken from the survey that we carried out in the area, and reflected the wishes of the St Pauls Community.  Interested parties were asked to show how they would meet the wishes of residents.

Bristol City Council say;

The Expression of Interest Phase for the Community Asset Transfer of the St Pauls Learning and Family Centre has finished.

We offered organisations the opportunity to express their interest in taking on the management and lease of this facility.

Organisations needed to demonstrate that the facility would continue to benefit the local community.

The Ethical Property Company (EPC) was selected to advance to the business planning phase of the Community Asset Transfer.

The Ethical Property Company were chosen because of their:

  • significant experience of managing large and complex community buildings
  • financial management capability
  • support for working with the community and others to deliver the community requirements for the centre
  • offer to build capacity to transfer centre management expertise to the community or community organisations.

A number of smaller organisations expressed an interest in playing a role in the centre. EPC will contact them to see if they can work together.

What happens next?

We have asked the EPC to submit a formal business plan. This business plan will need include cash flow forecasts, and projected space utilisation rates.

During the business planning period the EPC will agree a vision for the centre with interested parties.

Once the business plan has been submitted, we will conduct an assessment before making a recommendation to the Strategic Director of Resources, or Cabinet if the lease request is for longer than 35 years or the asset transfer is deemed a key decision.

During the Community Asset Transfer process the centre will remain open as usual and the activities that take place there will continue.

It remains our aim that the asset transfer will be completed between September 2014 and March 2015.

Contact Information for the St Pauls Learning and Family Centre Expression of Interest

Kurt James, Project Manager
Phone: 0117 903 6825

Expressions of Interest now invited

April 15, 2014

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Following our recent consultation on the St Pauls Learning and Family Centre, the council is looking at ways the St Pauls Learning and Family Centre can be managed differently in the future.

Bristol City Council are exploring the possibility of Community Asset Transfer and have published a detailed Brief for how the Centre can be managed by a community-based organisation or social enterprise.  This brief has been influenced by the results of the community consultation run by SPU.

Details of the results of the community survey can be veiwed here – St Pauls Learning Family Centre

The Brief and all accompanying documents may be downloaded from –

Expressions of interest need to be received by 9th May.

We believe the Centre has great potential to serve the community better and in a more cost-effective way.  If your organisation is interested in being part of the new tenant or management body that will take over the running of the Centre, please read the Brief and consider how you might be able to work in partnership with others.

In order to facilitate contact between interested parties, the council will share contact details with organisations or groups interested in developing a joint or consortium proposal, on request and in exchange for their contact details.

Please help us spread the news by forwarding this email to colleagues or other organisations that may be interested in the future of the Centre.


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