About Bristol Charities

We are a registered UK charity and our mission is to provide opportunities and support for people and communities to improve lives through grants, housing and charitable projects.

Our organisation has transformed and enhanced the lives of those in need in Bristol for over six hundred years.

To view details on our Vassall Centre Project and share your views, please visit our Vassall Centre Website

our missions & values

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We set high standards & strive to improve the quality of everything we do.

Aspirational in Approach

Aspirational in Approach

Embrace innovation, anticipate change & respond with creative solutions.

One Team

One Team

Working together across different service areas towards shared goals.

Passion for our work

Passion for our work

We show pride, enthusiasm & dedication & committed to making a difference.


for older people

We provide spacious, comfortable homes through our Almshouse Accommodation with on-site support in a safe and friendly setting.


Community based services

We deliver a range of local projects and activities focussed on bringing people together, enriching lives and reducing isolation and loneliness.


for individuals of all ages

Bristol Charities gives grants that provide a wide range of items directly to individuals and families; to organisations working to support carers and also to children, young people and schools.



Need to speak to us? We would love to hear from you.

You can contact us by sending an email to [email protected] or call us on 0117 930 0301 for more information.

Grants awarded in 2020
of funds distributed in 2020

Helping Your Community

We rely on people like you to help raise funds and awareness to provide help and support to the people in your community that need it most.


Bristol Charities asks local people for ideas for community facilities in redeveloped Vassall Centre, Fishponds

18 January 2022

Bristol Charities is working on plans to create a balanced new neighbourhood centre for multigenerational living and working at the Centre. This will include accessible, sustainable work and meeting spaces for current and potentially new tenants, alongside new, high quality affordable housing for older people and families, as well as facilities for the wider community.…


Search for new CEO

02 December 2021

Bristol Charities has launched a search for a new CEO following the highly successful tenure of its current leader, Anne Anketell. Anne has led the organisation for eight years with key achievements including the merger of two of Bristol’s oldest almshouse charities; the building and opening of a state-of-the-art extra care housing scheme, Haberfield House…


Bristol Charities Signs Mindful Employer Charter

10 November 2021

We are thrilled to have signed the Mindful Employer charter – demonstrating our commitment to better mental health in the workplace. Established in 2004, Mindful Employer is a UK wide initiative run by Devon Partnership NHS Trust. Providing employers with easier access to professional Workplace Mental Health training, information and support, the initiative aims to…


Bristol Charities shares new vision for Vassall Centre, Fishponds

08 November 2021

Bristol Charities shares new vision for Vassall Centre, Fishponds Bristol Charities is inviting local residents and tenants to share their views on proposals to transform the Vassall Centre in Fishponds into a vibrant new neighbourhood centre for multigenerational living and working. Bristol Charities purchased the site in spring this year and has been working with…


Unveiling of the Bristol Charities funded Defib in Stockwood

02 July 2021

Unveiling of defibrillator in Stockwood Anne Anketell, CEO of Bristol Charities and Mark Bearcroft, Service Manager, were delighted to join the Lord Mayor, Steve Smith for the unveiling of a defibrillator which was funded through the Charity’s Community Chest Fund and installed by the Stockwood Alliance. The defib will provide 24/7 fully accessible assistance to…


“I cannot thank you enough for helping me get a proper bed. I have been on a camp bed for 5 weeks. I have a spinal problem…that has got worse. Today I got an orthopedic three quarter bed, with a nice metal frame. It is so comfortable. Thank you so much. I medically needed a bed and I am looking forward to sleeping in comfort.
With gratitude.”

— Ms R. R - Grant recipient

Dear Sir, Madam and all who do the magnificent work at Bristol Charities,

You recently donated £120 to my mother, who has a damaged spine and neck; making sleeping very painful.

I got a memory foam from Bristol Bed Maker with other funds to make up the shortfall. It is wonderful!!! Thank you so much it really makes a difference!

— Mr G. B

Thanking you very much for the carpet you supplied to me. After many months of homelessness, I am now settled in my new flat.

Your generosity and kindness has helped me greatly and the contractors did a great job. Once again, Thank you.

— Mr R. M

Thank you to Bristol Charities and supplier for the Russel Hobbs oven which is brill! I had my first roast dinner this week.

Well done and I hope I can give back one day.

— Mr R. A