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We have over 700 people who volunteer with us. Over half of these help with our soup run which runs 365 nights a year. From teenagers to pensioners, our volunteers are all committed and enthusiastic and we couldn’t deliver our 10 projects without them.
Venetia Law is a third year Creative Writing student at Bath Spa University and volunteers twice a week at Lifeline. She’s recently organised a “Sleep Out” fund raising event at her campus and raised over £600.
“I decided I didn’t just want to give money to a local charity, I wanted to give my time as well. It makes my day providing emotional support and a listening ear to people I meet at Lifeline. The people I’ve met have a real sense of community, they look out for one another and are very forgiving. They’re not just beggars looking for money – they’re not the stereotype that some people have in their heads, they’re just people like the rest of us. People who are trying to make something out of themselves and live better lives. People who are worthy of all the love in the world.”
Giles Peters has been leading the Genesis Sunday Centre volunteer team for 15 years. It’s one of our longest standing projects and Giles co ordinates over 100 volunteers who provide Sunday lunch in a homely setting to Bath’s most disadvantaged people.
“I’m really struck by the ongoing commitment of the wonderful teams of volunteers who make Sunday Centre work and it’s wonderful getting positive feedback from the customers too. I’ve had people tell me that we’ve helped save their life by being there for them week upon week.” Giles recently won the Volunteer Team Leader award at the Bath & NE Somerset’s Chairman’s awards ceremony.
Letti Prescott runs our very popular Creative Writing Life Skills class. “We celebrate our sixth anniversary this year and it has been a real adventure together. So many short stories, poems and scripts. We really enjoy exploring our own writing styles and favourite genres and I aim to provide something new and fresh each week for us to work on. Our inspiration definitely grows from writing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.”
Faith Smith is one of our dedicated Street Pastors. Faith has worked for many years patrolling the streets of Bath at night supporting vulnerable people who may be upset and have lost friends, or by providing a blanket to someone sleeping rough, or by listening to someone – our Street Pastors respond to the needs of those in need. This year to celebrate her 60th birthday, Faith walked 60 miles along the Kennet and Avon Canal to raise money for the Genesis Trust. To find out more about Faith’s walk watch her video here.