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Community Connections

Helping make lives better

St Monica Trust’s Community Connections team helps empower older people in and around Bristol to make changes in their own communities and lives. Engaging with meaningful activities can make a real difference as you get older, relieving both social isolation and loneliness.

Working with you in your community. We want to change older people’s lives to the point where they feel empowered to make changes in their own community.

Debbie Wills, Community Connections Manager

Working on the ground

The Community Connections team work with individuals and organisations to make things happen where they live. Activities such as walking rugby or new age kurling were established in response to the wishes of those who live in the community.

Get active

Bedminster, Southville and Ashton

If you’re over 55, and live in Bedminster, Southville or Ashton, take a look at this exciting programme of activities, from art classes to Zumba. While some people prefer sports such as walking football or table tennis, others like something a little more sedate, such as going to art or social groups, enjoying a quiz evening or perhaps a game of skittles at the local pub.

The St Monica Trust is proud to sponsor the LinkAge Network's What's On Guide for Bedminster, Southville and Ashton. Download the brochure or call 0117 305 2365 for more information.


Join Communities in Transition, a vibrant network of people who together can help influence decisions in your neighbourhood. Working with Southern Links Children’s Centre we offer enriching opportunities for older and younger people to get together to share their interests, skills and make meaningful connections. Funded by Bristol Ageing Better, find out how you can get involved by calling Jan on 07964 342388 for more information.

The St Monica Trust is proud to sponsor the LinkAge Network's What's On Guide for Stockwood. Download the brochure or call 0117 305 2365 for more information.

Filwood and Lawrence Hill

ACE Neighbours matches volunteers with older isolated adults who want to become more active and engage with their local community. If you would like get out and about more, to socialise or to do some gentle exercise, we can match you with your own volunteer who can help you achieve this aim. Enjoy the benefits of feeling fitter, meeting new people or just spending some time outside your home. For more information on making a referral or becoming a volunteer call our ACE Neighbours Project Officer Kathleen on 07964 923032 or email her on kathleen.woodhouse@stmonicatrust.org.uk.

Active Ageing Bristol

Active Ageing Bristol in partnership with Bristol Sport Foundation, The Anchor Society and St Monica Trust, with support from LinkAge Network, is one of the UK’s first sport and physical activity programmes for older people.

Covering the greater Bristol area, this specially targeted programme aims to get more people from the local area and over the age of 55, involved more regularly in physical activity, coaching and volunteering.

To find out more and get involved visit the website.

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