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Living here 2021-10-20T16:48:52+01:00

What it’s like to live here

South Gloucestershire offers a rich mix of stunning countryside and urban culture and facilities, with affordable house prices. Our offices are an easy commute from Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Somerset and south Wales.

In and around South Gloucestershire

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A diverse, modern city with a range of attractions, shopping, cafes, restaurants and a bustling nightlife.

Photo of Bath


World Heritage Georgian City with great shops and restaurants.

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The Cotswolds

Idyllic countryside and quaint English villages

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North Somerset

Coastal towns, National Park and rural attractions

Getting to work

With excellent road and rail links, South Gloucestershire is one of the best connected areas in the country.

Our children’s services teams are based at three offices, all easily accessible from Bristol, Bath, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire, North Somerset and Wales. ​As we are situated so close to Bristol, many of our staff choose an urban lifestyle, living in the city, whilst having an easy journey to work, travelling against the flow of commuting traffic. Equally, South Gloucestershire also has a number of villages and quiet towns providing those looking for a more unhurried pace of life with easy access to countryside and green, open spaces.

Council Offices
Badminton Road
South Gloucestershire
BS37 5AF

(All teams excluding long term social care)

Patchway Hub
Rodway Road
South Gloucestershire
BS34 5PE

(North locality – long term social care only)

Kingswood Hub
Alma Road
South Gloucestershire
BS15 4DA

(South locality – long term social care only)

Many of our staff travel to work by train with mainline stations at Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway, whilst those commuting by road from further afield can easily get to work via local junctions off the M4 and M5.

As well as an easy commute to work, we can also offer less time spent travelling for work. South Gloucestershire is not an especially large district, but by splitting our long term social care teams geographically, we’ve brought individual teams closer to the children and families they work with, reducing the time they spend travelling to visits. Social workers must be able to drive and have access to a vehicle for work.

Our staff say...

I feel extremely fortunate to work for an organisation which cares deeply about staff wellbeing

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Being a relatively small authority, we have strong connections with services managers and heads of service.

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I’m always looking to stretch myself and I’d heard that if I wanted development and challenge, South Gloucestershire was the place to go.

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My manager has always helped me to find the time to continue my learning

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As a newly qualified I feel I’m trusted to take charge of my work, but at the same time am fully supported.

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I feel safe and reassured. My manager is knowledgeable and approachable, knows my cases and children and has my back.

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There’s a great team spirit, which I think is due in no small part to the relationships we have with our managers and service managers.

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I felt really supported from day one. There’s a great team spirit and a culture where our skills, experience and expertise are recognised.

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