Ivana’s Impact on International Women’s Day

Ivana, Lifeline staff member sits at her desk using her laptop. She is smiling.

The 8th March is International Women’s Day and gives us the opportunity to celebrate women’s achievements across the world. There are many women involved with Genesis Trust, whether as staff, volunteers or clients, and all are amazing. On this occasion we would like to highlight for you the contribution of Ivana Bensted. Ivana is part...Read More »

Words of Kindness

Words of Kindness. A graphic image of a quote by Sarah Fielding saying 'The words of kindness are more healing to a drooping heart than balm or honey'

This week is designated Random Acts of Kindness Week. If you look on line there are so many useful lists – 20, 45,101 suggestions of what sort of things to do as an act of kindness. Some of the suggested practical ways have been made more difficult because of social distancing and lockdown but wherever...Read More »

Therapeutic Art at Life Skills

A Genesis Trust client at a therapeutic art session. The woman is sitting and painting in bright colours with her fingers.

Art has long been a favourite activity at Genesis Trust. Regular Life Skills art sessions and workshops have covered techniques such as lino printing, pottery, watercolour painting and group collages. More recently we introduced a dedicated Art Space at Lifeline for visitors to enjoy simple, relaxing and creative activities such as drawing and mindful colouring...Read More »

Impromptu Igloo Sleep Out

An igloo half built standing on a snow covered filed. Beautiful views across the Monkton Combe valley

Do you want to build a snowman? No, let’s build an igloo and then sleep in it! Staff and students at Monkton School had this fantastic idea when the snow fell in Bath recently. Cosmo O’Reilly, a teacher and houseparent at Monkton School wanted to ensure that the boarders staying at the school would have...Read More »

Values – Partnership, Collaboration and Community

Anthony Ward stands in the Furniture project warehouse next to a boxed fridge freezer which are ready to deliver to clients. He is smiling. He is wearing a Genesis Trust sweatshirt.

Genesis Trust values partnership, collaboration and community. It is through working together in partnership with other charities, agencies, churches, businesses and organisations that we offer hope and support to homeless and vulnerable people in the Bath area. Good communication between organisations and understanding of what each offers makes a huge difference to the speed and...Read More »

Life Restoration – A Volunteer’s Story

Two men, John and Ross, stand at the back of the Genesis Trust Furniture project van. One man, John, is inside tying down some furniture. The other man, Ross, stand outside the van and looks to the camera.

Meet Ross. He has been volunteering with Genesis for just over a year.  We asked him how he became part of the team at Genesis and what volunteering means to him. But this is more than just a story about volunteering, it is about his journey from addiction to life restoration. Ross came to live...Read More »

Different but Delighted for Christmas 2020!

Volunteer Dan stands in the kitchen at the Gateway Centre. He holds three plates of food with roast turkey and nut loaf and all the trimmings.

We did things a little differently for Christmas 2020 and are so delighted that we did! For the first time, we ran a specific appeal to help us to buy Christmas Gifts. We received many donations and match funding from the DCMS through the Localgiving fundraising platform. This allowed us to plan ahead and to...Read More »

Good News and a Thank you from Home for Good

A decorated Christmas tree with filled goody bags around the base. The bags say Home for Good and have tinsel on the handles. These are thank you gifts for social workers.

As we venture into 2021 it is “Good News!” and a “Thank You!” from Dave Kingswood of Home for Good. He reports good news despite the difficult times. “Although COVID has been a very trying time in terms of Church engagement for Home for Good in BANES, I have been so encouraged by people coming...Read More »

Christmas Appeal

Christmas Appeal message from Peter Heywood, Founder and Chair of Trustees.   As we move towards Christmas and the end of the year, I think we can all safely say that 2020 didn’t pan out as anyone had hoped or planned. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented each and every one of us with challenges and may...Read More »

2021 Calendar Supports Wellbeing

An opened out wall calendar showing a photoraph of the River Avon on Bath. The bottom half is the January calendar view.

It’s not virtual or digital but a tangible product to hang on your wall and it is beautiful to behold, even though we say it ourselves! This year we are rediscovering a traditional way of fundraising through a Genesis Trust 2021 calendar. The calendar has stunning photos of Bath taken by Mike Sharp. Mike is...Read More »