A Lifeline in Winter

Donate to the many homeless people in Bath this winter – and get it doubled

This Christmas we’re taking part in the Big Give, raising vital funds to provide a hot breakfast 5 mornings a week at our Lifeline drop- in centre. From 27th Nov to 4th Dec your donation can be doubled, helping us to reach even more people in desperate need.

Last year we received 8000 visits to Lifeline, from around 500 people. Bridget is just one of the many people who came to us.

Married for 30 years and the victim of domestic violence, Bridget fled her home and soon found her life spiralling out of control.

“It was cold, lonely and horrible being homeless. I had exhausted all my lines of help and was living in a tent near the riverbank. I eventually met someone who told me about Lifeline. I turned up freezing and soaking wet on Christmas Eve and was immediately given clean, dry clothes and hot food.”

Our Lifeline staff provided Bridget with one-to-one support, helping her to apply for emergency benefit payments and educational training.

“Genesis helped me stick to a plan and find the motivation to achieve my goals. I was addicted to heroin and suffered with depression. Today I’ve come off my medication, completed a Level 2 Diploma in hairdressing at Bath College, and I’ve got a full time job and a flat. I’ve completely turned my life around.”

Bridget is almost out of debt and has been taking driving lessons. We’ve provided her with furniture for her flat and loaned her a laptop to complete her studies.

“Even now I get support from Genesis. When I feel down or desperate I know I can just pop into Lifeline. I was taken into care when I was six years old. Genesis has been like the family I never had.”

How you can help

We need your support to continue offering a life line for people like Bridget. As a small, local charity with mainly part-time staff your money will go a long way toward reaching the people who need it most.

Remember, if you donate today via the Big Give your donation could be doubled – which means double the impact.

 

Thank you to Fidelius Group for their kind pledge to this campaign, and to our other generous pledgers.