Volunteering is a great way to make a significant difference to your local community and also provides the opportunity to meet new people and learn new skills.
We have ten interlinking projects and depend on our wonderful team of volunteers to deliver our mission to support homeless and vulnerable people in Bath; people who often have a range of complex needs.
Below is some guidance on how to get involved.
Life Skills offers a range of practical and creative classes for vulnerable and disadvantaged adults on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays. Volunteers assist with classes and, where they have certain skills to offer, run their own workshops. For available opportunities please email here.
Lifeline is a drop-in centre open Monday – Friday (1.30-3.30pm) and Saturday morning (10am-midday) offering a warm, safe space off the streets and practical help with a range of complex issues. Volunteers help to create a welcoming atmosphere and befriend visitors. They can make hot drinks, assist with the general upkeep of Lifeline and with distributing food and clothing. For available opportunities please email here.
Furniture Project collects and redistributes furniture and household items to individuals and families on a low income. It is open Monday – Friday from 9-4.30pm. A general volunteer role description is here. For available opportunities please email here.
Lunch Box serves food on Monday and Wednesday lunchtimes. Volunteers help to welcome visitors and assist with the service of food and with cleaning-up. Lunch Box does not require further volunteers at the moment.
Family Matters works with local families that have multiple and complex needs to help them to make positive and sustainable changes to their family life. They work in partnership with the B&NES Connecting Families team from where most of our families are referred. Volunteers are asked to make a weekly visit of up to 2 hours to support family members. Family Matters also works with Syrian Refugee families to help them integrate into our society and culture.For volunteering opportunities please email here.
Home for Good encourages fostering and adopting within the local community. If you would like to know more, please follow us on Facebook and Twitter here: https://www.facebook.com/H4GBanes/ https://twitter.com/H4G_Banes. For available volunteering opportunities please email here.
We offer work experience, ‘internship’ and ‘returnship’ roles for people looking to contribute to a growing charity and develop their skill-set. Please see our latest opportunities here.
Genesis Trust supports Bath Foodbank to distribute food parcels to people in a crisis. There are various volunteering opportunities in the distribution centres, supermarket collection areas and the warehouse. For more information and for available opportunities please email here.
We always welcome the help of people wanting to give their time to raise funds for Genesis. From bake sales, marathons, sleep-outs, to stewarding at Genesis-led events, there is lots to get involved with. Please email our Community and Events Manager here to find out more.
Genesis Trust assists the organisation of the Soup Run, Sunday Centre and Bath Street Pastors.
Soup Run runs every night of the year in the Cattle Market car park between 7-8pm. It is organised via various Churches in Bath. There are currently no volunteer vacancies with the Soup Run. However, if you are a member of a Church who has a Soup Run team, please enquire with them about future opportunities.
Sunday Centre serves Sunday lunch in Nexus Methodist Church 12-3pm. It is organised via various Churches in Bath. There are currently no volunteer vacancies with the Sunday Centre. However, if you are a member of a Church who has a Sunday Centre team, please enquire with them about future opportunities.
Bath Street Pastors are volunteers from local churches who patrol the streets of Bath on Friday and Saturday nights. They work alongside other agencies such as the local police, street marshals and fast response ambulance crews, responding to the needs of individuals, providing both a listening ear and practical support. For information on volunteering with them please email here.
We have over 700 people who volunteer with us. Over half of these help with our 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 runs our very popular Creative Writing Life Skills class. “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 walked 60 miles along the Kennet and Avon Canal to raise money for the Genesis Trust. To find out more about Faith’s walk 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!”