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.

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for older people

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

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Community based services

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

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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.

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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 22/23
of funds distributed in 22/23

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 delivers joy to families this Christmas! 

20 December 2023

For so many of us Christmas is a magical time, a time of festivities and joy, a chance for children to make precious memories and for them to feel happiness and love – the type of magic that lasts a lifetime.  However, it can also be a time with added stress and difficulties for some…


Street’s ahead as Bristol Charities welcomes a new Chair of Trustees

22 November 2023

Bristol Charities, a charity that has been transforming and enhancing the lives of those in need in Bristol for over six hundred years through grants, housing and charitable projects with a deep longstanding commitment to the poorest in the city is delighted to announce the appointment of Andy Street as its new Chair of the…


Barstaple House couple celebrating 69th wedding anniversary and 90th birthday

09 June 2023

“She was my 21st Birthday present”: Barstaple couple are celebrating their 90th birthday and 69th Wedding Anniversary Brian and Dawn Veal are marking their 69th wedding anniversary this week, which you’d think would be cause enough for celebration. For them, though, 7th June is even more special, as it’s also Brian’s 90th birthday!   We…


Vassall Centre redevelopment plans unanimously approved

02 June 2023

Vassall Centre redevelopment unanimously approved Bristol Charities are pleased to confirm that planning permission has been granted for the redevelopment of the Vassall Centre in Fishponds. Bristol City Council’s planning committee met on Wednesday, May 31 and unanimously approved the application, which will see 40 new affordable apartments built for older people, the creation of…


New neighbourhood and disability centre planned at Vassall Centre, Fishponds

29 July 2022

Plans have been submitted to Bristol City Council to transform the Vassall Centre in Fishponds into a new accessible multigenerational neighbourhood and disability centre, by the site’s owners Bristol Charities. The redeveloped centre will provide facilities for the neighbouring community, improved accessible space and support for the array of disability charities currently based at the…


“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

The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Bristol, BS16 2QQ