Together started in Bristol in 2011. Since that time it’s employees have developed more than 70 properties in the local community.

Bristol

We have already helped over 60 former prisoners into work, and only one person has re-offended in that time.

We expect that we will continue to see very low levels of re-offending amongst our employees – testimony to the impact we are having.

Bristol Together has strong partnerships with other social enterprises, focused on creating full-time employment for ex-offenders.

We work closely with Aspire Bristol, the Restore Trust and other social enterprises who are key players in recruiting, training and supporting volunteer mentors.

In 2012 we raised capital of £1.6 million through a Social Investment Bond.   This has provided sufficient capital to finance the purchase and refurbishment of empty properties and to pay our employees the living wage.

Here at Bristol Together, we are more than just an employer, and we do more than create jobs.  Our aim is to see those who have been socially excluded achieve their full potential, and to support them in working towards their career aspirations.

Our employees not only have mentoring and support from their project managers whilst on the job, but also a personal mentor they can work with outside of work, if they would like one.

We believe that supporting our employees through a mentoring relationship can really make the difference in seeing them make the next step towards achieving their aspirations.

For additional information please get in touch by emailing us at info@bristoltogether.co.uk

Projects

The Bristol Team

We have brought together a strong group of experienced and committed people who are passionate about helping those in need in their local communities.

  • Paul Morgan, Managing Director

    Paul became involved in the development of property for the first time when he was 15 years old, having inherited a half share in a small property in South Wales, from where he hails. Before joining Bristol Together, Paul has been developing property professionally in the Bristol area for the last 6 years. Prior to this he worked in the residential property finance market, advising clients on a range of products, mainly around mortgages and protection. His aim now is to utilise his skills to help others get into the construction industry.

  • Anna Southall, Director Bristol Together

    Anna is a former Vice Chair of Big Lottery Fund. She enjoyed a long and varied career in the public sector, ultimately as Director of the National Museums of Wales and then Chief Executive of MLA, the Museums Libraries and Archives Council. Since 1975 she has served on the boards of a number of grant making bodies, both independent and in the public sector. She chaired the Barrow Cadbury Trust from 1996 to 2006, and remains Lead Trustee for the Young Adults and Criminal Justice programme. She is also a trustee of the Clore Social Leadership programme.

  • Roger Hawes, Director Bristol Together

    Roger was a corporate finance partner at Bristol law firm Burges Salmon LLP for 20 years, heading up the firm’s largest department, Corporate and Financial Institutions (which then comprised over 100 lawyers) for 5 years during that period. He left in 2010 wishing to pursue a portfolio career and took up several non-executive roles in industry together with becoming a governor of Churchill Academy. He chaired Bristol based Talking Money, a debt advice agency, for 5 years before stepping down in 2016.

  • Andy Robb, Director, Bristol Together

    Andy has built and runs his own property development business in Bristol. He is vastly experienced in the property development world, and brings this to Bristol Together. Over the last few years Andy has been responsible for sourcing numerous property development opportunities for Bristol Together. He also is involved in the day to day project management and mentors some of the employees.

  • Guy Walker, Director Bristol Together

    Guy is a Chartered Construction Manager with 26 years experience of managing refurbishment, external wall insulation, concrete repair, maintenance and new build painting projects. He has developed and managed multiple over-cladding projects on several thousand properties over a 20-year period. Since 2008 he has been a Subsidiary Director for Bagnalls, with responsibility for Painting and Decorating contracting businesses in Bristol and Cardiff. He takes a specific interest in development of apprentices. He has served as a Primary School governor for 5 years and a pension fund trustee for 9 years. Guy was a founding Trustee of The Blagdon and Butcombe Youth Work Trust, serving 6 years a trustee and part of the Management Team employing Youth Workers in villages south of Bristol.

  • Edward Ware, Director Bristol Together

    Edward Ware’s professional interests include West End Investments, Holburne Park Bath, Edward Ware Homes and a number of other property companies. He is a Vice President of Bristol Rovers FC, a former board member of Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, an adviser to Ashton Park School, a member of The Society of Merchant Venturers and a keen supporter of Above and Beyond. For the Society of Merchant Venturers, Edward sits on the Care of the Elderly Sub-Committee.

Social impact

Our work has had significant social impact in Bristol, Birmingham and Glasgow. For those we employ each year we contributed savings to government of around £30,000 per individual. Since we started this equates to over £3m.

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Success stories

  • J's Story

    J's Story

    “When my dad heard about the brickie job he took me out for dinner. He has never done anything like that before”.

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  • Shane's Story

    Shane's Story

    “I owe everybody on this project so much. Otherwise I would just be sat at home doing nothing!”

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  • Darren's Story

    Darren's Story

    “Everyone in this company tries to help me when I’m down; I’ve never really had that before.”

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