The Need

Having been established in Bath for 22 years, we know there are many vulnerable and homeless adults in need of support in the city.

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 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.

We help 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, go to our How We Help page.

What's The Problem In Bath?

Is there really a homelessness problem in Bath?

Local People Behind the Numbers

Hear some inspiring stories about how we change lives every day.

What Do We Mean By Homeless And Vulnerable?

What Do We Mean By Homeless And Vulnerable?

Find out our definitions here and the type of people we help at Genesis Trust

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