Bristol Charities continues to operate during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Although our Head Office is shut and most of our Head Office staff are working from home, you can contact us by email or by phone on our Head Office phone number 0117 930 0301. We continue to run our Almshouses and Extra Care scheme, with staff on site. Our Grants Programme is running, please keep checking our website for details of when we are accepting applications for Grants. Although our Community Development for Older People Projects remain on hold for now, we hope to start activities again soon when it is safe to do so.

Bristol Charities is committed to working to provide support to people and communities throughout these complicated and taxing times.

Dear Sir, Madam and all who do the magnificient 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!


Bristol Charities
Mr G. B

Our Team

Anne Anketell

BA (Hons)
Chief Executive
Anne joined Bristol Charities as Chief Executive in October 2013. Anne started her career as a Social Worker, but moved to Housing and prior to her appointment managed Circle Support- The Care and Support Arm of the Circle Housing Group. Anne's experience is with a wide client mix including older people, young people and those with mental health and substance misuse issues. Her experience specifically with older people includes managing a portfolio of over 100 Sheltered and Extra Care Housing Schemes & Domiciliary Care Services across the U.K.

Paul Smith

Director of Finance
Paul is a Chartered Accountant and has been Finance Director of Bristol Charities since joining in July 2020. Prior to this Paul has held a number of finance leadership and management roles within not-for-profit organisations, including Finance Manager for a large ecclesiastical charity and Chief Financial Officer for a South West-based education trust. Paul initially qualified in accountancy practice, specialising in educational and charitable organisations, and has since also undertaken a number of non-executive roles.

Paula Lock

Head of Housing Operations
Paula is joining BC from Anchor Housing Trust following their recent merger where she was part of the Housing operations board and had budgetary, staffing and performance responsibility for all Rented, Leasehold and independent living projects (extra care) within the South Region. Paula has been working within the social care, charitable and not for profit housing sector for over 24 years and is currently a Fellow Member of the CMI Chartered Managers Institute and she is also a CMCIH, Chartered Member of the Institute of Housing.

Mark Bearcroft

Senior Scheme Manager

Jade O'Malley

PA to the Chief Executive

Claire Leonidou

Finance and Grants Administrator