About Us

Our Story

Brighter Places was established in 2021 through the merger of United Communities and Solon South West. This launched a new phase in a proud history of social housing in Bristol and surrounding areas. We manage 3,300 homes.

The creation of Brighter Places will lead to a greater investment in existing and new homes in the city. It also builds on a proud legacy of civil rights resistance, community activism and co-operative associations that dates to the 1960s.

Our Values

We are human.

We listen to people’s stories so they never feel like a cog in the machine. We keep our minds open and always take time to empathise and understand the needs of our communities, anyone who works with us and anyone who asks us for help. We treat people with respect and honesty. We collaborate with other organisations to achieve our goals and we trust each other.

We speak truth.

We trust each other and we’re honest. Our working community is blame-free and supportive. This means we can make mistakes, own them, and learn from them without fear. We are open with the people we serve and we keep the conversation going.


We bring it.

We think big. We work hard to achieve our goals and we’re always ready for the next challenge. We bring everything we’ve got to everything we do – so we can build the best communities possible.

We belong.

We believe in diversity, equality, dignity and the freedom to be. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from and whatever your life story, you have a place in our communities. You are valued and you belong.

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