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 Bristol Charities,

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

Housing Overview


Bristol Charities owns three almshouses in Bristol and one in Monmouthshire, offering 135 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 (OPTION1) or email