From Visitor to Volunteer

With over 700 people across our 10 interlinking projects, volunteers are the lifeblood of Genesis. Ann first came across Genesis in 2005 when a friend introduced her to the Lifeline Centre after being made redundant. She visited Lifeline as a client for around a year and during this time she realised there were problems with clothing...Read More »

Fancy a Challenge in 2019?

Adrenaline, adventure or arduous – whatever you seek there is a challenge event out there for you! Challenge events are a great opportunity to achieve your own personal goals while raising money and awareness for homeless and vulnerable people in Bath. Our Amazing Runners So far this year our Bath Half runners raised over £10,000, and...Read More »

Genesis Next Step Appeal Update – March 2019

We are very excited to announce that Genesis Trust Bath is now the proud owner of the Gateway Centre on London Road. This is the result of your wonderful support and the opportunity to partner with St Swithin’s church. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity and St Swithin’s...Read More »

Mark’s Story

Mark became homeless in his late 30s after a family breakdown coincided with losing his job. He went to Poland in search of construction work but eventually returned to the UK in 2010 where he again found himself on the streets. The years 2010-14 were chaotic, spending time at the Julian House night shelter, on...Read More »

Our Bath Half Runners

We’ve got a record 35 people doing the Bath Half for us this year, including a new member of staff – Chris Banner – who has recently started with us as Communications Officer. They’ve been pounding the streets while raising money for homeless and vulnerable people in Bath. With the big day less than two...Read More »

Spotlight on Bath Foodbank

Part of a national network of food banks seeded by the Trussell Trust, Bath Foodbank (one of Genesis’ 10 interlinking projects) provides three-day emergency food parcels to people in crisis. It consists of three distribution centres and a warehouse facility. The main distribution centre is located in Manvers Street, open 12-2pm Monday-Friday. The Foodbank is open...Read More »

Bath Pilgrimage Walk – Saturday 23rd March 2019

Bath Abbey and Genesis work with the residents, workers, students, visitors, organisations and institutions of the city. This pilgrimage will bring us together to pray for the city we serve. Revd Stephen Girling (Bath Abbey) and Revd Steve Hughes (Genesis) will lead the walk and offer times of prayer at locations along the way. There...Read More »

Pets and Homelessness

It is estimated that between 5-10% of homeless people have pets, with dogs the most common animal. Homeless pet owners provoke a range of reactions, from curiosity to hostility. Two key questions on the topic are: Why do homeless people own pets? And should homeless people have pets at all? In many ways, the reasons...Read More »

Craft-funding and Craft-fulness

You may have heard of crowdfunding and you will certainly know about mindfulness. But here at Genesis we have been trying “craft-funding” – using the talents and skills of visitors and volunteers to make crafts that can be sold to raise money for our projects. And “craft-fulness” – ‘mending oneself by making things’. This year,...Read More »

Horticultural Social Enterprise Scheme to Help Grow Skills

We are pleased to announce an exciting new project for 2019! Genesis is partnering with Bath & North East Somerset (B&NES) Council and another charity, Grow for Life, in a horticultural and gardening social enterprise. Genesis will run the garden centre in Royal Victoria Park, which is currently run by B&NES, and also introduce further...Read More »