Tuesday, 2 March 2021

Volunteer Opportunity - Treasurer

We are looking for a new Treasurer to join our Management Committee at St George Community Association. We're the team of volunteers who run St George Community Centre as an affordable community venue for the benefit of local residents.

We're looking for someone with great organisational skills, preferably with book-keeping experience. We can offer you plenty of support from the rest of the committee, transferable skills to add to your CV, and the chance to be a key part of an established community organisation. A full role volunteer role description is available at the bottom of this post.

If you're interested in joining us please email us at manager@stgeorgecc.co.uk.  If you'd like an informal chat about the role please call Anthony our Centre Manager on 07862 256 617

Role Title: Volunteer Treasurer, St George Community Association (SGCA)

Purpose/summary of role 

  • To record accurately financial activity of SGCA
  • To keep the committee informed of SGCA's financial position in a timely manner. 
  • To provide guidance to the committee on SGCA's financial policies and procedures. 


  • Ensure that all financial transactions are handled safely and accurate records are kept
  • Maintain a local bank account in SGCA's name, making sure that all income is banked upon receipt into our account.
  • Record all assets of SGCA, making sure arrangements exist for their safekeeping 
  • Work with our accountants to prepare Annual Accounts and present them at our Annual General Meeting
  • Update HMRC online payroll systems monthly for any employees of the organisation and complete quarterly and annual reports as required
  • Ensure that SGCA complies with requirements from HMRC, Companies House and the Charity Commission, including submitting relevant forms/returns in a timely manner
  • Report to and advise the committee on SGCA's financial position. This is good governance and will help the organisation make informed decisions 
  • Attend all meetings of the committee, as far as is practicable. The committee usually meets every 6 weeks.
  • Make sure financial decisions are agreed by the committee in a minuted committee meeting.
  • Serve as a Director of the SGCA company limited by guarantee, alongside the Chair and Secretary.

Time Commitment
We would expect the Treasurer to commit to the role for a minimum of 12 months. We would expect that the Treasurer would need to commit 2-3 hrs a week in this role, this will vary depending on the time of year e.g. more hours may be required to complete the annual accounts.

Support Available
The Treasurer is a very important role in the organisation, and will work closely with the Chair. We have a very active and supportive committee who will assist the Treasurer as required. We will carry out a review after the Treasurer has been in post for six months to ensure the role is fully supported.

Benefits to volunteer
This is a great opportunity to contribute to the work of St George Community Association if you have experience of, or are interested in book keeping. The treasurer’s role is essential for making sure our organisation runs successfully and continues to provide an affordable community venue for local residents.

Application Procedure
Informal interview with the Chair and other member of the committee as appropriate. We will also require satisfactory references.

Background Information
St George Community Association is a registered charity and not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. It was set up in 1987 by by a group of local residents who felt that there was a need for a community centre in St George. They originally met in a local library and held events in St George Park. After many years of campaigning a local building was found on the site of the old grammar school canteen. The building was in complete disrepair and eventually, in 1995, grant aid was given by Bristol City Council and the new Community Centre was built.

The organisation has a Community Asset Transfer from Bristol City Council, who lease us the building rent free. In return we look after and run the building for the benefit of residents in St George. This means that all hire income is used to maintain the centre and develop new community activities.

Our turnover is currently around £20,000 per annum with additional grant funding anticipated this year. The bulk of our income comes from our regular hirers, followed by weekend parties and special event bookings (covid permitting!) We apply for small grants for specific projects e.g. replacing the flooring in the main hall, new signage. We raise a small amount from community events such as our Christmas Fair, Table Top sales, Family fun days etc.

Our volunteer committee of local residents runs the organisation, our current committee is listed below. The Chair, Treasurer and Secretary also serve as Directors of our company limited by guarantee We have a paid Centre Manager for 20 hours a week. We also have a cleaner for 4 hours a week and an ad hoc gardener/handyman.

Current committee
Tamsin Harcourt (Chair)

David Dunce (Treasurer)

Jill Gettrup (Secretary)

Suzanne Proctor


Thursday, 10 December 2020

December update

A brief video from Tamsin, Co-Chair of our management committee on what's happening at the community centre now that Bristol is under Tier 3 covid restrictions.

We remain closed for most activities but are able to open for our parent support groups and some organised children's activities. You can keep up to date with what's on and how to book through our Facebook page.

If you need to self-isolate and need help with shopping or prescriptions, call the We Are Bristol helpline on 0800 694 0184. They can also give information about the £500 payment available to people on low incomes if you are unable to work due to having to isolate.

If you'd like to support St George Community Association during this tricky time, we have set up a Just Giving page: www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stgeorgecommunity. We really appreciate your help.

Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Job Vacancy - Centre Manager

Salary:    £26,000 to £30,000 (pro rata)
Term:  1 year contract
Hours: 20 per week
Deadline: midday, Wednesday 11 November

This is a critical year for us at St George Community Association as we are working to secure a new 35 year lease on our building with Bristol City Council by October 2021. We are looking for a motivated and organised individual who can help us develop and deliver a sustainable business plan that ensures we continue to serve local residents throughout this uncertain period and into the future. This is a new post and is initially offered as a one year contract. Immediate start.

A job description and person specification is available here. To apply please send your CV and a covering statement explaining how you meet the person specification to stgeorgecc@hotmail.com before the deadline.

We intend to hold online interviews on Saturday 21 November.

Thursday, 8 October 2020

Free Nature Explorer kits!

We're excited to tell you about the FREE Nature Explorer kits now available from My Wild Child and Avon Wildlife Trust.

Each kit contains a range of activities for under 5s (siblings might enjoy them too!), and each new activity will link to a video which AWT will post once a fortnight, so stay tuned! Here's Freya from AWT explaining a little about the kits and the first activity! Link to youtube

You can collect a kit from the St George Community Centre yard. You’ll need to use your owl eyes to find the little plastic shed (next to the bigger wooden shed). There’s a special combination code padlock. To find out the code please email freya.morgan@avonwildlife.org.uk or join the My Wild Child Facebook group.

Monday, 28 September 2020

What groups and classes are running?

There have been a few changes to the timetable here at St George Community Centre, so here’s an update on our current groups and classes. Please contact the organisers to book - we’ve given links/contacts for all external groups. Due to covid-19 restrictions most groups are booking only. Tuesday Tots, our volunteer-led playgroup can be booked through our Facebook page or Eventbrite. 

10am to 12pm - Wobble & Kick Toddler Football
Football sessions for toddlers and preschoolers.

6pm to 7pm - Prenatal Yoga
Led by Ashleigh from Bhakti Yoga and Hypnobirthing. From complete beginners through to those who have been practicing for years. Suitable from 12 weeks right through until labour. www.thebhaktiyoga.com/book

7.15pm to 8.15pm - Yoga with Sally
Gentle Hatha yoga with Sally Davies. Now back at the centre for face-to-face classes. Visit www.bristolyogabliss.co.uk or contact Sally on 07803 896 268

9.30am to 10.30am - Tuesday Tots (session 1)

Volunteer-run playgroup for children aged 0-4 and their parents/carers. Book through our Facebook page
11.00am to 12.00pm - Tuesday Tots (session 2)
Volunteer-run playgroup for children aged 0-4 and their parents/carers. Book through our Facebook page

7pm to 8pm - Yoga/Pilates
A blend of Yoga and Pilates with Claire Robertson. Visit www.clearyogaconnection.com or contact Claire on 07397 385015

10am to 11am - Postnatal Yoga

Led by Ashleigh from Bhakti Yoga and Hypnobirthing. Followed by coffee and chat with other parents. www.thebhaktiyoga.com/book

6pm to 9pm - Thunderpaws
Range of dog training classes with Caroline from Thunderpaws.

9am to 12pm - Slimming World (from mid-October)

Contact Emma on 07773 689 229 to find out more

6pm to 9pm - Thunderpaws
Range of dog training classes with Caroline from Thunderpaws.

10.15am to 11.15am - Hatha Yoga

Yoga with Sophie Laggan. Suitable for complete beginners. Visit www.sophielaggan.com or email sophie.laggan@gmail.com

11.30am to 12.30pm - Postnatal Yoga
Led by Ashleigh from Bhakti Yoga and Hypnobirthing. Followed by coffee and chat with other parents. www.thebhaktiyoga.com/book

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

Online Classes - Bristol Yoga Bliss

Bristol Yoga Bliss may not be running due to Lockdown - but they are running online via Zoom.


Sunday, 26 April 2020

Blood Service at Centre Wednesday 29th April

The Blood Service will be at the centre on Wednesday 29th April. If you are able to give blood at this time, please get in touch with the service. https://www.blood.co.uk/