I just wanted to thank you for the grant you have kindly awarded to my applicant. This has meant so much to him and his family.

Your grant has paid for his Year 6 residential camping trip, which he is really looking forward to. It has also given us the opportunity to purchase items he will need for his week away. 

The week away with his peers; camping in tents, participating in water sports, circus skills, team building, barbecues on the beach and a disco, will give him such wonderful and happy memories. 

Without your grant he would have not been able to go and, as a young carer, he truly deserves this wonderful experience. 

I cannot thank you enough for your kindness.

Primary School Sponsor - Mrs. R

Housing Overview

Bristol Charities owns three almshouses in Bristol and one in Monmouthshire, offering 73 flats for older people which provide the opportunity to lead independent lives in a safe and supported environment. 

As well as being a member of the National Association of Almshouses, the Charity is a Registered Provider of Social Housing. 

What is almshouse accommodation?

Almshouses are often described as the forerunner of both the Housing Association movement and Sheltered Housing. They are charitable housing schemes provided to enable people (usually the elderly) to live in a particular or chosen community. As well as being characterised by their charitable status, almshouses aim to support the continued independence of their residents.

Who can apply for almshouse accommodation?

Those who;

  • Are 60 or over
  • Have entitlement to Housing Benefit or with limited financial means, and
  • Have a local connection to Bristol or Monmouthshire.

What type of accommodation is it?

All of our almshouse acommodation contains unfurnished 1 and 2 bedroom flats with separate kitchen, lounge, bathroom and own front door. Each flat is carpeted throughout and has a fully fitted kitchen with integrated oven and hobs. There are also onsite communal facilities for assisted bathing. 


Would I be a tenant?

No, you would be a Licencee, resident under a 'licence to occupy' agreement.

What support services would I receive?

All the almshouses have a visiting scheme manager who will conduct a regular well-being check and provide advice and guidance on housing and support issues. In addition, all the flats are connected to a control centre for emergencies including out of hours. The Charity maintains the gardens for the use of the residents, and carries out all maintenance work to the properties.

What bills would I have to pay?

If you are eligible for full housing benefit, your weekly maintenance charge will be covered by the City Council. You would then pay the Charity a weekly heating & light charge.

You would be responsible for the payment of council tax (unless exempt), TV licence (unless you are 74 years or over),telephone bill and any other services you may wish to have, eg. Sky TV, Broadband etc. 

Where are the almshouses managed by Bristol Charities located?



How do I apply?

Please find here the application form for the almshouses in Bristol. The second is a separate form for the William Jones's Almshouse in Monmouth.  

Almshouse Application Form for Bristol 

Almshouse Application Form for Monmouth 

If you have any further queries, or to return an application form, please don't hesitate to call our head office on 0117 930 0301 or email Info@bristolcharities.org.uk