Our social impact is very powerful – bringing back underutilised land in areas of acute housing need, employing recently released prisoners to do the building, dramatically reducing re-offending rates, and finally selling the finished houses to local housing associations for affordable rented homes.

Key stats

We’ve seen the lives of more than 100 ex-offenders transformed and less than 10% of our employees have re-offended since we started

The national re-offending average is above 25% within 6 months of release and 54% within 1 year. We do not choose ‘easy’ cases – 86% of our workers have been imprisoned for serious offences. This work really does change lives.

For those we help to prevent from reoffending and the new social homes we create, we save the state at least £40,000 per individual each year in custody costs alone.

So far we have not included the saved cost of police work, court costs, housing benefit claims, crime victims costs, property damage, offender family costs, forgone income tax costs while incarcerated, etc. These costs are significant.

By providing our employees with life skills and new way of seeing themselves, these benefits can continue for years into the future.

Our employees not only develop as individuals through their work with us, they also get a strong sense of satisfaction from the contribution they make to developing their local community, both in terms of homes created and local supply chain businesses supported.


You can download a copy of our last Social Impact Report here.

Success stories

  • James Quinn

    James Quinn

    James joined Bristol Together in 2018, having been recently released after serving a 20-year sentence. At the age of 40, and having spent all of his adult life in custody…

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  • John Hall's Story

    John Hall's Story

    John joined up in 2020 having been released after a spell in prison for Robbery. John had already undertaken several training courses prior to his release, including a 6-week bricklaying…

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Latest news

  • Bristol Together Appoints Site Manager

    Bristol Together Appoints Site Manager

    25th September 2020 Bristol Together is pleased to announce the appointment of Giles Tennick as Site Manager. Giles has been working with the company for over 2 years as a…

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  • Appointment of Construction Project Manager

    Appointment of Construction Project Manager

    1st September 2020 As part of ongoing expansion plans, Bristol Together has today announced the arrival of Ben Urry as Construction Project Manager. Ben will take responsibility for the day-to-day…

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  • New Investment in Bristol Together

    New Investment in Bristol Together

    12th May 2020 Bristol Together is please to announce that it has secured £240,000 of equity investment from new shareholders.  Barrow Cadbury Trust, Tuixen Foundation and Treebeard Trust have all…

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