Is there really a homelessness problem in Bath?
Genesis Trust has been established in Bath for over 22 years. We have seen many vulnerable and homeless adults in need of support in the city and since 2010 have witnessed the rise in homelessness across the South West and the UK.
The seeds of the Genesis Trust were sown in 1990 when Bath hairdresser, Gail Hodges, saw some homeless teenagers rummaging in a bin for food. Realising they were sleeping rough, Gail started providing them with soup each night and so started the Bath soup run which still operates today 365 nights a year.
Since the charity was set up in 1995 we’ve realised that it’s not just rough sleepers that need our help. There are many individuals who are vulnerable due to addiction, mental illness, low income and lack of family support. By providing food, advice, counselling and opportunities for people to learn new skills, we reach out to over roughly 4,000 adults a year.
We work very closely with other support agencies in Bath, both statutory and voluntary. We enjoy partnership working and via our Family Matters project work closely with B&NES Children and Families team. We also provide educational courses in tandem with Bath College, Bath MIND and B&NES Heritage Services team.
Across our projects we help around 640 adults every month in Bath – and that is just scratching the surface of what we do.
To find out what the need in Bath really is, click on one or more of the links below.
To find out about the services we provide, please see our Projects page.