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About Us



Self Help was formed in 1974 by a group of homeless people in response to the number of unused properties that remained empty even as the local homelessness crisis was worsening. As we approach our 50th year we remain a specialist provider of services for people experiencing homelessness and have developed a reputation for going the extra mile in the commitment and support we provide to our service users.


Operating in the Bristol area, we are a small independent housing association providing specialist services for people experiencing homelessness. As a small provider, we are able to maintain strong links with our service users tailored to individual needs. We were established in 1974 and house over 100 people each year.


Our services are built around understanding the needs of the individual and working in a psychologically informed way. Whilst all of our residents have a common history of homelessness understanding the unique circumstances behind this is central to achieving the best long term outcomes.


Our specialist support workers work in partnership to help our residents to achieve personal goals and to address the reasons behind past homelessness. Ultimately, our support services aim to build the independence skills and confidence to enable our residents to move on in a planned way and sustain their new tenancy for the long term.


Providing housing and support to the homeless in the Bristol area.

Benefit the homeless

Self Help Community Housing Association provides temporary supported housing to meet acute housing need and prevent any subsequent return to rough sleeping. We provide specialist one to one support and liaise with other agencies around specialist needs.

Support issues

Common issues we support include:

  • Substance misuse
  • Debt issues
  • Budgeting
  • Tenancy sustainment
  • Mental and physical ill health

Address reasons for homelessness

Ultimately our service aim is to address the historic reasons for previous homelessness so that the resident can sustain a tenancy in a home suitable to their long term needs.

2019–20 Accounts 

How we performed in 2019–20

In the year 2019-20 we helped 127 homeless people

  • 35 resided in our housing throughout the year
  • 48 were new service users
  • 44 departed our service

Positive departures

75% of residents who left our services during 2019–20, moved on in a planned way.


Self Help Housing Association Ltd is a society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014

Mutuals Public Register

Registration Number: 21283R

Status: Registered

Registration as: Registered Society

Registration Date: 10 September 1974

Registration Act: Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014



12 King Square

Stokes Croft



Date of the last move: 12 January 2012

Financial Year End: 31/03

Self Help People

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Helen Razdan

Chief Executive
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David Gronback

Development Director
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Susan House

Housing Services Manager
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Joe Gordon

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Jane Gwilliam

Housing Administrator
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Tracey Collom

Housing Officer
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Ambrose Blancharde

Maintenance Coordinator
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Barry Wallen

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James Gardener

Housing Assistant
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Samuel Ukhueleigbe

Senior Support Worker
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Michael McGregor-Johnson

Support Worker

About Us

We are a charitable Housing Association providing temporary supported housing in Bristol for single people and families who are experiencing homelessness.

Our Contacts

12 King Square Avenue Bristol BS2 8HU

0117 970 5400