Interested in Robots… Sensors …. Minecraft….

Friday 7th April 2-5pm ThingsCamp is holding an afternoon of hands-on activities exploring new technologies and how we can use them. ThingsCamp is an inclusive, open space event for people who want to explore technology; it's a place for collaborative learning, discussion, making and playing. All ages welcome, this is a family friendly event – drop in any time from 2-5pm.

For more details contact Simon: or click here for ThingsCamp poster.

The Real Photography Company workshops

St Pauls Darkrooms are holding a series of workshops starting the weekend of 29th April. Take photos, process your film and print your images. Click here for Sat 29th April B&W event and here for Justin's World Pinhole Photography Day 2017 workshop.

Glen's Kitchen Grand Opening

Tuesday 14th February Glen will have the grand opening of his kitchen at St Pauls Learning Centre. Come along to sample his taster menu including English, Caribbean & veggie options! Click here for poster.

Half Term at The Makeshed!

Kids Workshops at The Makershed this half term will be exploring the process and playing with wooden games. Check it out!

The Makershed

Take a look at this new venture at the Learning Centre. The Makershed is offering a fabulous range of courses from carving to carpet fitting, tiling to upholstery. Or, come out of your garden shed and rent a bench in The Makershed. Learn something new in 2017 and meet new people at St Pauls Learning Centre.

Glen Kitchen at SPLC!

Good news for the New Year! Glen Crooks of Glen’s Kitchen has taken over the Learning Centre Café. The café is now open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. Opening hours are 9:30 - 6pm Monday to Thursday 9:30 - 5pm on Fridays and 10-5pm at the weekend. Glen’s Kitchen offers a range of meals including English and Jamaican cuisine. Come in on a Wednesday and try a fantastic roast lunch, or come in on the way home from work and pick up takeaway dinner for you and your family. Glen can also cater for meetings, events and parties. Call him on 07772177509. Glen will be having his official Grand Opening 'taster menu' event on Valentine's Day (14th Feb) from 1pm onwards. Check out our FB page for up-to-the-minute info!

Welcome to our new tenants CCBED!

CCBED help people to increase their skills and develop their careers through mentoring and training courses aimed at building learners’ confidence, knowledge and business potential. They aim to support learners with their transition into either employment or enterprise. By promoting self-employment as a feasible work option, they also create successful local businesses in Bristol. To find out more about their mentoring, business incubation and training courses visit

Bristol Repairs Café

St Pauls Repairs Café occurs every third Saturday of the month at SPLC. Bring along anything that needs fixing and they will do their best to help! Click here for poster.

Meet your local councillors - First Friday of every month

St Pauls Library will be holding advice surgeries on the first Friday of the month. If you have any local issues you would like to discuss or you have any suggestions on how to improve our community please come along! Click here for the poster and to meet your local councillors.

Love yoga with Lena!

Classes every Tuesday 6 - 7pm. Click here for poster.

FREE drop-in Drumming, Music, Song & Rhythm sessions aimed at the over 55s but everyone welcome!

Every Wednesday 10:30 - 12:30 at SPLC supported by Bristol Ageing Better. Click here for poster.

St Pauls Fit Club

Starting Monday 14th November until 6th Feb 7 - 8pm in our Hall. From 13th Feb onwards the class will have moved to bigger premises due to its overwhelming success so please contact Bev / 07444 256745 for more info.

The SPLC Open Day “Learning for Living” on 17th September was a great success.

The afternoon kicked off with some fantastic lively samba drumming and then Cllr Asher Craig formally opened the event with a short speech which highlighted that 2016 is the Year of Learning and that Bristol was the first city in England to become part of the UNESCO global network of Learning Cities.

Asher talked about the centre’s plans to grow into a vibrant bustling hive of activity: one in which everyone feels welcome: one of which everyone can feel a sense of ownership.

The Centre has a role in promoting community cohesion: the community that lives together, learns together.

The Centre was certainly bustling on Saturday. Here’s just a taste of what went on:

  • Lisa Blackwood cooked up a storm in the kitchen and her goat curry, jerk chicken and dumplings were very popular. We are very grateful to her for stepping in at the last minute.

  •  The art and craft rooms on the second floor were full of people who were trying out printing, pottery, pinhole and cyanotype photography, and being shown how to make light catchers or Xmas tree decorations out of stained glass.

  •  The Inner City Health team were providing free health checks including blood pressure tests, and offering healthy living advice.

  • The Repairs Café ran in the workshop and fixed various things for people

  • There were all sorts of organisations sharing their information on courses and activities, support and advice

  • And, in the hall, Anna Rose was running a healing fair. You could experience Reiki, or have a massage, all for free!

The aim of the day was to welcome new people into the centre to find out what is happening here: to find out how they could get involved, find an interesting new hobby or learn key skills such as English or numeracy.

The event was also to promote the rental of our fantastic meeting and training rooms. We have two Art Rooms, an incredible community darkroom (with ten enlargers), a workshop, a purpose built crèche, a community garden.

Check out all the photos from the day on our Facebook page.

Open Day at SPLC Saturday 17th September!

Come along to our Learning for Living Open Day 12 - 5pm this Saturday. Click here for poster and check out our Facebook page for up-to-the-minute info...

10.30 - 2pm Bristol Repairs Café (Workshop)

12 - 5pm Reiki, Indian Head Massage, Reflexology, Homeopathy and Chair Massage FREE tasters and demos (Hall)

1 - 3pm Pinhole photography and camera obscura fun! (Darkrooms)

1 - 3pm Make yourself a rose brooch or hair accessory (Creche)

1 - 3pm Print your own greetings card (Art Room 1)

3 - 5pm FREE pottery workshop... all welcome! (Art Room 1)

3 - 5pm Stained Glass Demo (Art Room 2)

3 - 5pm St Pauls Children's Centre activities (Creche)

Welcome to our new tenants LGBT Bristol!

SPLC are delighted to welcome LGBT Bristol to our centre. Check out their website here to see what they do, their aims and how to get involved.

8th May 2015 - Ethical Property take on management of St Pauls Learning Centre 

The future looks bright for a St Paul’s Learning and Family Centre - Ethical Property Company have now taken on the day-to-day management of St Paul’s Learning and Family Centre, a centre previously managed by Bristol City Council. 

Following a bidding process, Ethical Property were chosen to take on the centre, and we have committed to working closely with the local community going forward. The council will pay Ethical Property a one off payment in order to implement management and building changes, and then they will operate the centre without any other financial support from the council. 

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to secure the future of this important social centre thanks to the work of Bristol City Council officers working with the Neighbourhood Partnership and Ashley Councillors. Organisations like the Ethical Property Company can be more flexible and agile, and in a better position to service the needs of the local community. I have a lot of faith that Ethical Property will bring greater stability to the centre and that local people will be able to benefit for years to come.”  

Conrad Peberdy, Director of Development at Ethical Property, said: "This is a really exciting project that aims to create an exciting and sustainable learning and education centre that will serve the community of St Paul's whilst becoming a valuable resource for the City of Bristol. Bristol is a front runner in terms of identifying the ways in which community buildings are used and safeguarded to ensure they benefit generations to come. This is a really exciting example of how Bristol is adopting new and innovative solutions to meeting community needs within tight financial constraints."