Sea Mills Community Iniatives
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About Us

Sea Mills Community Initiatives (SMCI) is a charitable company limited by guarantee (charity registration number 1136611) which was set up in late 2009 by the churches in Sea Mills, Bristol. We aim to support and serve those who are vulnerable, either because of age - both young and old -  ill-health, disability, financial hardship or other disadvantage. 

The first initiative of SMCI has been the conversion of a redundant toilet block at the heart of Sea Mills to a community café and space for small group activities to serve the community. The existing building was in a very poor state of repair, but restoration and conversion to a positive use has contributed significantly to community integration and renewal.


  • The former toilet block on Sea Mills Square was closed by the Council in 2004, and increasingly became a local 'eyesore' and safety risk.
  • The building was initially bought at auction by local developers but SMCI eventually purchased the building in May 2010.
  • SMCI raised over £140,000 to cover the cost of the project.
  • Building work commenced on 11th April 2011 and was completed in mid-November 2011.
  • The Café opened to the public on 6th December 2011.
  • The Café was officially opened by The Princess Royal on 24th May 2012.

Staff and Trustees

SMCI has a Board of six Directors that have overall responsibility for planning, implementing and monitoring the activities of the charity. There is a wider support group that includes other key individuals from the community. The Directors are:

  • Andrew Street (Chair)
  • Rev John Monaghan
  • Sam Marsh
  • Rebecca Cross
  • Mark Temple
  • Maggie Morris

Two staff are currently employed on a part-time basis by SMCI and share responsibility for managing the Café on the Square:

  • Heidi Simpson - Joint Café Manager
  • Mike Lister - Joint Café Manager

Partnership Churches

Sea Mills Community Initiatives (SMCI) is a charity set up by the three churches of Sea Mills in late 2009. The churches are as follows: