We have 2 types of volunteering opportunities within Genesis:
We always welcome stewards and helpers for our Genesis-led fundraising events and we are currently seeking volunteers in this area! Please email Hilary if you’d like to be involved.
We have 700 people who volunteer with us. Over half of these help on our long running evening soup run which runs 365 nights a year. From teenagers to pensioners, our volunteers are all committed and enthusiastic and we couldn’t deliver our 10 projects without them!
Venetia Law is a third year Creative Writing student at Bath Spa University and volunteers twice a week at Lifeline. She’s recently organised a “Sleep Out” fund raising event at her campus and raised over £600.
” I decided I didn’t just want to give money to a local charity, I wanted to give my time as well. It makes my day providing emotional support and a listening ear to people I meet at Lifeline. The people I’ve met have a real sense of community, they look out for one another and are very forgiving. They’re not just beggars looking for money – they’re not the stereotype that some people have in their heads, they’re just people like the rest of us. People who are trying to make something out of themselves and live better lives. People who are worthy of all the love in the world.”
Giles Peters has been leading the Genesis Sunday Centre volunteer team for 15 years. It’s one of our longest standing projects and Giles co ordinates over 100 volunteers who provide Sunday lunch in a homely setting to Bath’s most disadvantaged people. “I’m really struck by the ongoing commitment of the wonderful teams of volunteers who make Sunday Centre work and it’s wonderful getting positive feedback from the customers too. I’ve had people tell me that we’ve helped save their life by being there for them week upon week.” Giles recently won the Volunteer Team Leader award at the Bath & NE Somerset’s Chairman’s awards ceremony.
Letti Prescott has been running our very popular Creative Writing course for Life Skills since 2011. ” ‘We celebrate our sixth anniversary this year and it has been a real adventure together. So many short stories, poems and scripts. We really enjoy exploring our own writing styles and favourite genres and I aim to provide something new and fresh each week for us to work on. Our inspiration definitely grows from writing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”
Faith Smith is one of our dedicated Street Pastors. Faith has worked for many years patrolling the streets of Bath at night supporting vulnerable people who may be upset and have lost friends, or by providing a blanket to someone sleeping rough, or by listening to someone – our Street Pastors respond to the needs of those in need. This year to celebrate her 60th birthday, Faith is walking 60 miles along the Kennet and Avon Canal to raise money for the Genesis Trust. To find out more about Faith’s walk and to support her watch her video here.
Lin Atwill is a retired family support worker who volunteers weekly at Bath Foodbank and also helps out at our Life Skills Art In 2017 she’s helping deliver the ” Eat Well, Spend Less” cookery course that we are running with the Trussell Trust.
” I have time on my hands in the winter months and hopefully can make a difference to the people I work with at Genesis. I really enjoy it!”
Our volunteers can access free training courses offered by Bath Wellbeing College to help improve their skills and awareness of the complex issues affecting vulnerable people.
Forthcoming courses include: Understanding PTSD – 30th May and you can sign up here .
Other free courses are available through the Volunteer Network, more information here: FREE Volunteer Training VNB May – July 2017