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President’s Charity of the Year – Bristol Children’s Help Society

                            The Bristol Children’s Help Society is a privately funded volunteer led charity that owns and runs Barton Camp our 100 bed residential children’s centre in the beautiful Mendip hills. Barton Camp operates through the year as a base where disadvantaged local children can enjoy a few … more


BLS features in Bristol Post oldest thriving companies in Bristol

Excerpt from the article: How Bristol’s oldest companies are still thriving after more than 100 years in business They include the city’s last-surviving chocolate maker a wine merchant and a tannery. Why do some companies struggle to survive beyond a year while others flourish for hundreds? Although more than 90 per cent of small companies in Britain will survive one … more


No 12, The Meeting Rooms – Conference, Meeting and Mediation Rooms for Hire

Bristol Law Society’s suite of conference and meeting rooms including a suite of mediation rooms are conveniently located in the centre between the Waterfront Area and the Old City in a modern building situated on the corner of Colston Avenue and St Stephen’s Avenue.  There are a number of large public car parks within a 5 minute walk from the … more


Chair of Trustees wanted for St Pauls Advice Centre


Please see below letter received:

St Pauls Advice Centre are desperately looking for a chair of trustees. The centre have been without a chair for over a year and the situation is becoming very worrying. They wonder if amongst others who may be interested, if a solicitor who has retired recently may be interested in undertaking this role. Such a person would be ideal and have the right mix of skills and professional knowledge to take the Centre forward.

St Pauls Advice Centre is a strong and viable organisation. It is badly needed in the community and provides an excellent service to the people of the area. In a period of increasing austerity many of the most vulnerable in our community are struggling to survive and have great difficulty tackling rising debt and the complex benefits system. The organisation has good reserves, next year’s funding has been agreed, and there is an experienced and very able director with a stable experienced staff group. There is a good trustee group with some from a community service background who contribute well. Importantly, there are no areas of disagreement or friction for a new chair to deal with. Of course, we have our challenges. How to adapt to growing demand is a constant worry and the Centre needs to find better premises. We are also seeking a treasurer as the previous treasurer has moved out of the area. Most of all we need a chair to take forward strategic issues and lead the organisation though a period of change and potential growth.

We would pleased to take this forward in any way a prospective candidate would prefer. We have a strategic plan and other papers which may be of interest at an early stage. Also, we would be very pleased to meet with anyone considering this role to talk through the issues they may face in more detail, and without that person committing themselves to anything.

We would be very grateful indeed if you were able to help us.

Thank you.

Ken Dolbear
Trustee
St Pauls Advice Centre