About the Centre

Filwood Community Centre is an iconic red brick building  at the head of Filwood Broadway, in Knowle West, and a central point of south Bristol. It’s well loved by the community and a point of pride for the positive changes that are happening in the area.

Our team aim to bring fun, friendship, and fantastic experiences to your lives. We host a variety of groups, activities and events – bringing you social, creative (and sometimes quirky) leisure activities to you all.

We work to ensure Knowle West and south Bristol people have access to arts and culture locally; giving a well deserved boost to our wellbeing! : ) We also love our planet and we are taking steps to help at a local level. Get in touch, we’d love to meet you and tell you more!

Our team

June McNeill – Centre Manager
June makes sure our building is running as it should be. She’s worked at our centre since 2009 and before that volunteered at The Park. Her qualifications include three Level 2 NVQs, including in business administration.


Val Talbot
– Admin
Val has 20+ years of admin work experience in the community. She’s been our admin since 2019 and was the admin at the local Neighbourhood Partnership office for 15 years before that, and at Knowle West Against Drugs (Kwads) for five years before that.


Makala Cheung
– Creative Director & Business Manager
Makala has 17 years’ community work experience, having worked at Knowle West Media Centre before joining our team in 2018. She has a BA (Hons) in Multi-Media Journalism and is also a successful recording artist – see kalachng.com


Charlie Watts – Communications Coordinator
Charlie joined our team in 2019 and spreads the word on what goes on at our centre. He has a BA (Hons) in Journalism and is also the Knowle West Community Reporter for Bristol24/7, having volunteered for the local newsletter for Knowle West, ‘The Knowledge’, since 2017.


Kate Bruce
– Springboard Coordinator & IT Support
Kate runs our personal development programme, ‘Springboard’, and also makes sure our computers are up and running.


Suzie Davison
– Friends of Filwood Officer
Suzie joined our team in 2019 and looks after our ‘Friends of Filwood’ membership scheme. She also has a BA (Hons) in Documentary Photography, so is helping to get our darkroom up and running again.


Heather Pickford – Finance Manager
Heather is also the finance officer at re:work and part of the Inns Court Resident Group.


Paul Butt – Caretaker
Paul has been our caretaker since 2012 and is also the caretaker at Knowle West Media Centre. Before joining our team, he worked at The Park, helping with security.

Shaun Damarell – Building Support
Shaun has worked at our centre since 2020. He used to be a primary school teacher and before that a submariner.

Lyn Munt
– Cleaner
Lyn has worked at our community centre for about five years and before that worked at The Park, helping with security,

The visitors

July-Sept 2020 we had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly)
: 59
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 42
Events and other: 0
One off bookings (meetings and visitors):  26

Apr-June 2020 we had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly)
: 0
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 0
Events and other: 0
One off bookings (meetings and visitors):  0

Jan-March 2020 we had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly)
: 652
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 584
Events and other: 486
One off bookings (meetings and visitors):  431

October-December 2019 we had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly)
: 881
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 1862
Events and other: 652
One off bookings (meetings and visitors):  504

July-September 2019 we had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly): 890
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 2020
Events and other: 606
One off bookings (meetings and visitors):  516

April-June 2019 we had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly): 875
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 1411
Events and other: 678
One off bookings (meetings and visitors):  534

Jan-March 2019 we had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly): 863
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 976
Events and other: 592
One off bookings (meetings and visitors):  546

In the last quarter (Oct-Dec 2018) we have had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly): 888
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 987
Events and other: 506
One off bookings (meetings and visitors):  TBC

July-Sept 2018 we had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly): 868
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 1070
Events and other: 1148
One off bookings (meetings and visitors):  553
(this quarter is usually lower due to summer holidays)

April-June 2018 we had the following numbers of people through the doors:
Regular activities(usually weekly): 848
One off events (private parties, group presentations/events ): 1070
(This is correct it just happens to be the same figure in total as following quarter)
Events and other: 222
One off bookings (meetings and visitors): 1634

Management and support

In 2010, the Community in Partnership Knowle West (CIPKW) Charity took on the responsibility for the day to day management of the Centre. They are tasked with managing the centre for the benefit of the people of Knowle West, to help build a stronger community where everyone can come together and have their say in their area.

FCC is currently supported by: Creative Civic Change, National Lottery, Power to Change, School for Social Enterprise, Local Trust, Esmee Fairbairn, Gulbenkian Foundation, Bristol City Council, Quartet, Asda Foundation, Ibstock Enovert Trust, Agile, CIL, Enovert Community Trust (In final application stage: Sports England)

Find out more about the building’s history.