Volunteering

April 2017 : Interesting volunteer post a/v at Life Skills – Project Assistant Life skills Project Assistant role. Phone Denise 01225 463549

If you’re an existing volunteer , sign up for one of our Reflection Events in May 2017 . We’re holding 4 in all at different times and venues to celebrate the work our volunteers do and to facilitate sharing of stories and ideas. ( More information a/v from Paul Tipler on 01225 463549).

Training Opportunities

Our volunteers can access free training courses offered by Bath Wellbeing College to help improve skills and awareness of issue affecting vulnerable people.

Forthcoming courses include:

Personality disorder – 25th April

Understanding PTSD – 30th May

You can sign up here  . Watch this space for details of other training coming up shortly.

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference to the local community of Bath, meet people you wouldn’t normally meet, learn new skills AND make new friends. Our volunteers are all ages from 18 – 83.

We have 2 types of volunteering opportunities within Genesis:

1. Volunteer at one of our projects

  • First go to Our Projects page to find out about our projects in more detail, including when and where they meet. 
  • Make sure you can give a regular commitment to the project.
  • Ring Caleb Mallard at the Genesis office on 01225 463549 or email office@genesistrust.org.uk to find out how to proceed.
  • Depending on your volunteer role, you may be asked to fill in a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check, particularly if it involves working directly with vulnerable adults.
  • We do not discriminate on the grounds of religion, but we do ask that you respect Genesis Trust’s Christian values when volunteering with us. We have an Equal Opportunities policy in place.

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2. Volunteer with our fundraising team

We always welcome stewards and helpers for our Genesis-led fundraising events and we are currently seeking volunteers in this area!

Volunteer Stories

We have 700 people who volunteer for us. Over half of these help on the 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 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 £575.

” 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.

 

                                     Giles Peters Chairman's award

Letti Prescott has been running our very popular Creative Writing course for Life Skills since 2011.  ” ‘We celebrate our fifth anniversary this month as a writing group 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.”

 

Letti photo 2016

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!”