Building Confidence: Erna’s Story

Erna became homeless around 6 years ago following a family breakdown. With nowhere to go, she went to the Julian House night shelter. “I first came across Genesis when I found myself in the awful situation of being homeless. It was a scary time, but coming to Genesis gave me the hope to improve my...Read More »

Community Spotlight: Rose Cottage Hub

Did you know foodbank vouchers can be redeemed at three locations in Bath? One of these is located at Rose Cottage on Twerton High Street, which is owned by St Michael’s Church. But Rose Cottage is not only a location for the Bath Foodbank. It is also a Community Centre and Café. And earlier this...Read More »

Bath Carnival 2019

On Saturday 13th July, a team of Genesis Life Skills participants joined the Bath Carnival Procession. The event was a culmination of weeks of work decorating bikes and costumes – carnival style! Life Skills joined forces with inclusive cycling charity Wheels for All, as well as Action on Hearing Loss. The collaboration meant a big group of 20 people,...Read More »

Introducing Our New Pathways Programme

We’re very excited to announce the launch of our new Pathways Programme – four mentoring streams to support our clients to become empowered and independent. Pathways will offer individual coaching and mentoring for adults who use our services as they move through the three stages of the Genesis vision: crisis, development and empowerment. Sitting between...Read More »

Arty Fundraising for Genesis

At Genesis we value peoples’ creative talents.  Artistically minded volunteers initiate many of the workshops we run at Life Skills; recent activities include craft making, weaving, and a weekly book chat. One volunteer is using his creative talents in a different way. Peter Fergie, who volunteers at Lifeline and paints in his spare time, is...Read More »

Leap of Faith! 2019

Over 50 fundraisers braved the heights and the elements on Saturday 15 June, abseiling off the Abbey to raise money for Genesis and the Abbey’s Footprint Project. We had a range of people taking part this year – from Genesis Trustee Peter Heywood to corporate teams from HGEM and Fidelius.  We also had a range of...Read More »

Spotlight on the Gateway Centre

It’s been two months since Lifeline and Life Skills moved into the Gateway Centre. We had a very successful formal opening event on 16th May where we welcomed our supporters and donors along to see the refurbished building (pictured). But what are our clients and volunteers making of the new set up? We went along to the Gateway Centre to...Read More »

Youth Homelessness Services in Bath

Did you know that young people (18-24) made up approximately half the people accessing homelessness services in England in 2018? According to Centrepoint’s Youth Homelessness Databank, 103,000 young people asked their local council for help in 2017/18 because they were homeless or at risk of being homeless. Why is this such an issue? And what...Read More »

Skydiving for Charity

Guest Blog from Community & Events Manager, Hilary Long (pictured in white helmet, mid 1980s). Have you ever thought of parachuting or skydiving? I do all the time especially when the sky is blue! In my youth I was an avid skydiver and even now thirty years later on a blue-sky day, the distant drone of...Read More »

“From Ragz to Richez”: Crystal Anna’s Story

Young and Homeless Crystal Anna became homeless in her early 20s following a family breakdown. Sense of Community She first came across Genesis after being referred by Julian House and came to Lifeline for food and clothing, and sometimes a haircut. “Lifeline was so important for me. Coming for someone to talk to was just...Read More »