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#GenesisTogether Virtual Cotswold Way Challenge

How far can you go? We are challenging our supporters to make this summer’s exercise cover the same distance as the length of the Cotswold Way – all 102 miles of it. Every step you take, every move you make….you could be counting them up and adding them to your coverage of the route. We...Read More »

On the Move

The Gateway Centre on a sunny day

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought change in almost every area of life, and Genesis Trust is no exception. From the end of August we will be moving our main office and official address from The Old School House at St John’s Court to the Gateway Centre on London Road, a wonderful building we already use....Read More »

Life Skills in Lockdown: A Personal Perspective

Matt's complex doodling image

Our Life Skills Facilitator Matt Prescott shares his personal perspective of Life Skills activities during lockdown. “I have been working as a Life Skills Facilitator at the Genesis Trust for over three years and before that was volunteering to help run art activities.  I get so much out of teaching people and seeing people gain...Read More »

The Way Forward: Service Update

Steps going up from left to right.

Our team of staff and trustees have been working hard to start putting together a road map for our future in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The virus has necessitated the introduction of additional health and safety measures to ensure that all that we do is “COVID Secure”.  We are also ensuring that our...Read More »

Widcombe Baptist Church to the Rescue

Interior of Bath Foodbank in its temporary home at Widcombe Baptist Church

As lockdown began we quickly realised that we would be unable to safely maintain our Foodbank activities in the normal way.  We knew we needed to centralise our warehousing and distribution to reduce movement of people and goods and maximise our capacity.   Widcombe Baptist Church came to our rescue and offered us the use...Read More »

Volunteers’ Week

Every year, between 1 and 7 June, charities across the UK come together to thank volunteers during the national Volunteers’ Week, through a variety of activities.  Although many of those activities have been cancelled for 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we still want to take this opportunity to thank you for being a part...Read More »

Operating Bath Foodbank during lockdown

Our Foodbank Manager Grainne Moher shares her personal perspective of operating during lockdown. “Covid-19 has had a big impact on our Foodbank. We’ve had to close all four foodbank centres and we’re operating a delivery-only service from one site, which has allowed us to work in a safer way. The mornings are a bit manic...Read More »

Volunteer Story – Jo, Soup Run

Jo has been volunteering for the Thursday Soup Run since 1997 and it is very much part of her “weekly routine”. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to suspend the Soup Run to meet government guidelines and keep our clients, volunteers and staff as safe as possible.  We recently asked Jo...Read More »

Volunteer Story – Darren, British Gas and Bath Foodbank

British Gas announced that they would like to support the Trussell Trust during the COVID-19 Pandemic and they asked their staff for volunteers who may be interested in giving up some of their time to help local Foodbanks.  Darren put up his hand saying “this seemed like a brilliant opportunity to help at this time....Read More »

Volunteer Story – Colin, Life Skills

Colin started volunteering with the Genesis Trust in 2011 soon after retiring.  He told us “I was looking for opportunities to do something interesting and useful” and originally responded to a call for help teaching literacy and numeracy through our Life Skills project. Colin had worked as an English teacher and quickly started supporting a...Read More »