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 »

Silver Linings at the Gateway Centre

Two men seated across a small table. One man is a member of staff giving advice to the second man. On the table is a laptop.

Pre-pandemic, if you asked Paul Solly what the best thing about the new Gateway Centre was, he would say the growing sense of community and the opportunity to nourish people’s wellbeing in a calmer, brighter space. The Gateway Centre is filled with light from floor to ceiling windows and so both metaphorically and in reality...Read More »

Vision, Mission and Values over Zoom

Genesis Trust staff members on a zoom meeting. 9 small screen in a big screen

Every November Genesis Trust holds a Church Leaders’ Meeting for people in local church and chaplaincy leadership positions. As part of the Church in Bath it’s important that we keep communicating our good news, project reports, developments and plans for the future. Traditionally, this has been in person with refreshments, a projector and screen, chairs,...Read More »

Furnishing New Beginnings

showing the starter pack - cultlery, crockery and saucepans, hoover kettle

Did you know that when people are housed for the first time, many will not have essential furniture such as a bed or equipment to do basic cooking? The good news is that the Furniture Project is now providing an even more comprehensive “essential service” for people to get these items than we did before...Read More »

Christmas Care

Image of the word Joy with festive foliage

The countdown to Christmas is on and many of you have been getting in touch already to ask how you can support us this year. Whilst things will inevitably be a bit different, we’re still doing our best to bring a little Christmas joy to our clients, and there are plenty of ways that you...Read More »

i3Works well with Genesis

volunteer bag packing at Bath Foodbank. She has two bags in front of her and she is giving a thumbs up sign.

Behind the scenes at Genesis, a beautiful relationship is blooming! We are delighted that management consultancy i3Works has chosen us to be their Charity of the Year. The business is already throwing itself into supporting what we do in many different ways. So far i3Works has done a whole-team virtual challenge from Glasgow to Rome,...Read More »