St Paul's Learning Centre mural


COVID UPDATE: The centre is now open for room bookings, office and library usage.

Please note that we continue to request the wearing of face coverings in all communal areas of the building, and are doing our best to provide a safe and well-maintained environment so essential services can continue to operate for our community.


This is just a selection of the regular courses hosted at the centre, for more details about what's happening here check out our events calendar

Please contact the facilitators directly for more information or to book

Art room
Community Dark Room
Upholstery at the Makershed

English Classes

Free ESOL conversation club, Wednesdays 10-11am
Practice speaking English in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. No need to enrol, just turn up!

WEA host a range of free ESOL classes at different levels at the centre, for more info visit or call 0300 303 3464 
Here are some resources to find ESOL (English as a second or other language) classes across Bristol:
Information about ESOL courses in Bristol, plus free courses for job seekers

Website of the Learning English in Bristol Network

Free ESOL conversation clubs with Community Learning 


Children & young people


Afterschool and weekend tuition from year-1 through to A-Level, empowering pupils and students from BAME backgrounds (Black, Asian & minority ethnic) to excel in education. 


  • Maths

  • Science

  • English

07949 575138 / 07838 676297

Lifelong learning

We have many partnerships with colleges, universities and learning providers delivering both accredited and leisure courses within the community.


CCBED are a social enterprise providing FREE accredited training and mentoring to help people to achieve their professional aspirations and realise their potential.

Courses include:


  • ESOL

  • Functional skills such as Maths and English

  • Digital skills 

  • Business and Enterprise / 0790 868 75 34


University of Bristol (back at the centre again soon!)

Providing a number of courses in the community. Whether you need help you realise your potential, create pathways into further and higher education or to explore your interests further, many of their courses offer bursaries and funded places.

Other courses include...



City of Bristol College

Courses currently run by CoB College include...


  • Community Development; Level 1 (10wks - 3hr sessions)

Get the most out of your volunteering and community work.  Develop the knowledge, skills and professional practice to find work in the community and make a difference.



The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. They are currently running courses at the centre in:

For more info visit

Arts & crafts

Bristol City Council Adult Learning


  • Pottery

  • Printmaking / 0117 903 88 44


The Makershed

Courses for all levels in:


  • Woodworking

  • Furniture Making

  • Lino printing

  • Weaving

  • Sewing

  • Upholstery

  • Tool sharpening


The Real Photography Company

Darkroom and photography workshops for all levels


Printmaking with Barbara Disney


Stained Glass Club with Ruth Adams

Community events

Meet your local councillors

Do you have a local issue you'd like to talk with someone about? Speak to your local elected councillors on the first Friday of the month at 1-2pm in the library (Not currently running due to Covid restrictions)

Repair Cafe

What do you do with a chair when the leg has come loose? With a toaster that no longer works? Or a woollen jumper with moth holes? Toss it? No way! You can repair it at the Repair Café!

Body & spirit

Maroon Fist

Kickboxing, kung fu and self-defence, £10/£7.50 under 18


Learn Reiki

Affordable high-quality Reiki training. Twelve-week evening courses with experienced professional teachers in friendly, supportive classes.